Southend baby needs lifesaving operation after accident on faulty sofa

Southend baby needs lifesaving operation after accident on faulty sofa

Southend baby needs lifesaving operation after accident on faulty sofa

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AN 11-month-old baby must have a lifesaving operation to re-insert his feeding tube after it was accidentally pulled out on a faulty sofa.

Riley Davies, from the Woodgrange estate, Southend, suffers from rickets, severe reflux, an allergy to dairy products and apnoea, meaning he could stop breathing at any time.

Because of his conditions, he is fed by a tube directly into his stomach, which was ripped out after he rolled over on the sofa and caught it in a faulty reclining mechanism.

Riley will undergo an operation to re-insert the tube at Great Ormond Street Hospital today, but has been in pain for four days because he cannot be given his medication orally.

Riley’s dad, Ashley Davies, has been complaining to furniture shop Harvey’s about the faulty sofa since January and had been offered a refund.

He said: “They said ‘how much compensation would you like?’.

“It was like they’re trying to buy me off and keep me quiet, because they don’t want anymore bad press.

“No matter how much they offered, it wouldn’t affect my son’s health.

“Riley is in a lot of stress. He hates hospitals now and this has made it even worse. Plus my partner is pregnant again and due in four weeks, so none of this is helping.”

He added: “Riley’s in a lot of pain and on intravenous fluids at the minute.

“One of only five top surgeons at Great Ormond Street is willing to do the surgery as local anaesthetic could affect his apnoea and means he stops breathing.”

Mr Davies bought the sofa in September 2013, but it soon became noticeable it was collapsing and he reported it in January.

Following a visit, Harveys advised Mr Davies in March it would replace the sofa.

Mr Davies requested a refund in March, rather than accept the offer of a new sofa, but following recent reports of faulty Harvey’s goods on BBC TV’s Watchdog programme, he contacted the company again to advise them of his son’s disabilities and that he had already caught his leg in the mechanism.

On June 14, Mr Davies was contacted with an offer of a refund and to organise collection of the faulty sofa, as well as the loan of one until he could buy new furniture.

However, Riley then got hurt.

Stephen Campbell, managing director of Harvey’s parent company, Steinhoff UK, said: “We are all very disturbed to hear Mr Davies’s son is in hospital and hope his recovery is a speedy one.

Our thoughts and very best wishes are with him.

“We, of course, understand Mr Davies needs to be with his son at this time, but we have arranged to speak to him to resolve the situation to his satisfaction.”

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10:04am Fri 20 Jun 14

SLord90 says...

Poor Riley, but surely if they knew it was faulty, why would they leave him to get into a situation like that?
Poor Riley, but surely if they knew it was faulty, why would they leave him to get into a situation like that? SLord90
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12:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

The girl's a Hammer says...

Since this was written Ashley's partner went into labour and had a massive bleed causing her to have to have an Emergency C Section! Ashley had to leave her to travel with Riley in an ambulance to Great Ormond Street for his operation. Ashley missed the birth of his son and had the worry of Riley, his partner and the new born baby who was premature. Nightmare!!!!!!
Since this was written Ashley's partner went into labour and had a massive bleed causing her to have to have an Emergency C Section! Ashley had to leave her to travel with Riley in an ambulance to Great Ormond Street for his operation. Ashley missed the birth of his son and had the worry of Riley, his partner and the new born baby who was premature. Nightmare!!!!!! The girl's a Hammer
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1:55pm Fri 20 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

SLord90 wrote:
Poor Riley, but surely if they knew it was faulty, why would they leave him to get into a situation like that?
Why ? to save a penny for the pot
[quote][p][bold]SLord90[/bold] wrote: Poor Riley, but surely if they knew it was faulty, why would they leave him to get into a situation like that?[/p][/quote]Why ? to save a penny for the pot sesibollox
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7:26am Sat 21 Jun 14

Popsiepop says...

SLord90 wrote:
Poor Riley, but surely if they knew it was faulty, why would they leave him to get into a situation like that?
Agreed , I hope he makes a full recovery.
[quote][p][bold]SLord90[/bold] wrote: Poor Riley, but surely if they knew it was faulty, why would they leave him to get into a situation like that?[/p][/quote]Agreed , I hope he makes a full recovery. Popsiepop
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4:30pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Good luck Riley. I hope you will be better soon. xxx
Good luck Riley. I hope you will be better soon. xxx Kim Gandy
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4:52pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Ashleylouise says...

Popsiepop wrote:
SLord90 wrote:
Poor Riley, but surely if they knew it was faulty, why would they leave him to get into a situation like that?
Agreed , I hope he makes a full recovery.
This is my son , we could not afford a new sofa due to saving for this one and have been complaining about this one for well over 9 months saying it was unsafe ,they did not seem to be bovered at all by this we were offered the same sofa but why would we except the same faulty sofa knowing they have faults In them and we are not the only people with the issue with these sofas as told by the inspector who came to look at our sofa ,my sons operation went well he is making a good recovery but has now slowed down as now back to southend hospital as he has suspected chicken pox meanwhile ,the result of everything brought on premature labour and then suspected scar rupturing and massive bleed having to have a emergency cesarean and my partner missed the birth of his son due to the fact my son had to go to great Ormand street via ambulance for his operation ,awaiting results to see if need blood transfusion now ,thankyou for your lovely comments about Riley he's hopefully getting better as soon as he gets rid of these chicken pox hopefully he will be home for his first birthday next month x
[quote][p][bold]Popsiepop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SLord90[/bold] wrote: Poor Riley, but surely if they knew it was faulty, why would they leave him to get into a situation like that?[/p][/quote]Agreed , I hope he makes a full recovery.[/p][/quote]This is my son , we could not afford a new sofa due to saving for this one and have been complaining about this one for well over 9 months saying it was unsafe ,they did not seem to be bovered at all by this we were offered the same sofa but why would we except the same faulty sofa knowing they have faults In them and we are not the only people with the issue with these sofas as told by the inspector who came to look at our sofa ,my sons operation went well he is making a good recovery but has now slowed down as now back to southend hospital as he has suspected chicken pox meanwhile ,the result of everything brought on premature labour and then suspected scar rupturing and massive bleed having to have a emergency cesarean and my partner missed the birth of his son due to the fact my son had to go to great Ormand street via ambulance for his operation ,awaiting results to see if need blood transfusion now ,thankyou for your lovely comments about Riley he's hopefully getting better as soon as he gets rid of these chicken pox hopefully he will be home for his first birthday next month x Ashleylouise
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