Anger at ‘brain cancer’ verdict on girl’s death


Lisa NorrisLisa Norris, the Scots teenager who was given a massive overdose of radiation treatment, died of brain cancer, it was revealed yesterday.

Post-mortem examination results released to the family of the 16-year-old, whose funeral is due to take place today, made no mention of the possible effects of the radiation.

Her parents said they were "surprised" after the report revealed the cause of death as recurrent pinealblastoma, a type of brain cancer.

However, Professor Anthony Busuttil, a leading independent pathologist at Edinburgh University, said there would likely be further investigations following the post-mortem examination, and that the teenager's death certificate may need to be altered.

Lisa, from Girvan in Ayrshire, was the victim of an error in the planning of her treatment at the Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow, where she received 19 overdoses of radiation. She died on October 18.

In a statement issued through their solicitors, the Norris family said: "We are relieved that the post-mortem has been completed but are surprised that there is no reference on it to excessive radiation as a cause of death. We have instructed our solicitor to take this further."

Solicitor Cameron Fyfe, who is acting on behalf of the family, said he intended to instruct a medical expert to look into the case.

A report published last week showed a catalogue of failings that led to the error in Lisa's treatment at the Beatson. It said the overdose happened after an underqualified and undertrained member of staff entered a wrong number on a form.

Dr Arthur Johnston, author and scientific adviser to the health department of the Scottish Executive, told of staffing pressures, out-of-date records and procedures, and lessons not learned from previous incidents at other centres.

The inquiry prompted immediate inspections at all five Scottish cancer centres ahead of a more detailed round of investigations later.


Rest In Peace, Lisa..