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Last Updated: Monday, 18 April, 2005, 18:37 GMT 19:37 UK
HIV test all-clear for needle tot
Jade and Jack Oakley
Jade Oakley says waiting for Jack's test results had been agonising
The parents of a one-year-old boy had to wait three months to find out HIV tests were clear after he pricked his hand on a needle in a hospital toy box.

Jack Oakley, of Bishops Stortford, Herts, punctured his finger at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex.

A spokesman said it had been a very unfortunate and a senior manager had apologised at the time.

He said staff had been reminded of safety responsibilities when syringes and needles were being discarded.

"Somehow this syringe ended up in a toy box after it had been used," the spokesman said.

He was playing with the toys ... he let out a scream and there was a used needle in his hand
Jade Oakley
"It's not something anyone has ever heard of happening before. We can only apologise."

Jack's mother Jade Oakley, 26, has submitted a formal complaint about the incident in December last year.

They were at the hospital where she was being treated for damaged ribs after a minor accident.

She said the three-month wait had been agonising for the whole family.

"He was playing with the toys ... he let out a scream and there was a used needle in his hand. There was fresh blood where he had punctured his finger.

"I was extremely shocked and extremely distressed and upset. I think they handled is disgracefully.

"They did try to brush it under the carpet. In the three months, which were a nightmare for all of my family, they did not contact us once."

Jack had to have a series of blood tests and a course of vaccine before being given the all-clear for HIV and hepatitis B.


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