Inquest held into the death of Master Zach Keay

12 June 2023

A two-day inquest has been heard at The Coroner’s Court, Winchester, investigating the death of Master Zach Keay.

The purpose of the inquest, which was held from June 7 to 8, 2023 was to establish where, how and when Zach came about his death and the family hope to gain an understanding of the events that led to this sad outcome. 

The inquest heard that on December 7 2021 Zach, who was aged two, was admitted to University Hospital Southampton following a period of feeling generally unwell. Sadly, Zach suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in the early hours of December 8 2021. 

The court heard that an initial investigation by the trust highlighted missed opportunities to escalate his care and that there was a failure to recognise the severity of his condition. 

The hearing was told that Zach was a beloved son, brother and grandson and his death has had an immeasurable impact on his family. Zach’s family were represented at inquest by Shoosmiths’ appointed counsel, Caroline Allen from 39 Essex and Natalie Blunden, an associate (FCILEx) at Shoosmiths’ Serious Injury’s Thames Valley Office in Reading.

We await the coroner’s conclusion.



This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given. © Shoosmiths LLP 2024

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