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Dad 'would have halted abortion'

Dewi Jones and daughter Manon
Manon Jones pictured with her father Dewi

A man whose teenage daughter died a fortnight after having an abortion has said if he had known about it he would not have let her have the termination.

A narrative verdict was recorded on Manon Jones, 18, from Caernarfon, who died in hospital in Bristol in 2005.

The inquest heard the A-level student died because of delays in giving her a vital blood transfusion.

Paying tribute, Dewi Jones said if he had known about her pregnancy, he would not have let her have an abortion.

The Bristol inquest heard how Miss Jones, an active Christian, had decided to terminate the pregnancy because she had concerns for her boyfriend and his family, who were Muslims.

Two weeks after having the termination she went on holiday against medical advice, the hearing was told.

Blood transfusion

She cut short her break when she became ill and returned to Bristol and admitted herself to Southmead Hospital in the city.

The inquest heard there was a four-hour delay in giving her a blood transfusion when the doctor treating her was diverted to another emergency, and Miss Jones later died.

Her father said in his tribute to his daughter that "everyone has a right to their religion - and you could have, like your sister Elin, now have gone to university and had a very bright future".

He added that he has every respect for all religions, and that none would have come between him and his "loving daughter Manon."

Mr Jones described his daughter as a "star in every way" and said he was " so glad to have such happy memories of those short years together".

He also described how when she was very ill in hospital, he sang her favourite childhood songs and talker to his daughter about their happy times together - even though she was then unconscious.

"I told you also how much you meant to me as a daughter. I cherish this memory as I was able to tell you how much I love you."

The coroner told last week's inquest into Miss Jones' death an earlier transfusion of blood would have been likely to have saved her life.

But he said there was no failure on the part of the NHS trust to provide basic medical care and it was certainly not a gross failure.

Following the inquest, the North Bristol NHS Trust said it accepted the coroner's findings and that an investigation had been carried out into the care given to Miss Jones.


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