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Proud mum’s tribute to ‘little warrior’ son who ‘thrived on his noisy siblings’

Lorenzo Romeo Luciano developed severe hydrocephalus while in the womb, meaning fluid built up inside his head and caused part of his brain to rupture, leaving him with brain damage

Lorenzo Romeo Luciano died aged nine months in October

The grief-stricken parents of a ‘little warrior’ baby boy who battled against the odds have paid tribute to him after he died aged nine months.

Baby Lorenzo Romeo Luciano developed severe hydrocephalus while in the womb, meaning fluid built up inside his head and caused part of his brain to rupture, leaving him with brain damage.

His parents Fernando Pontone and Nichaela Lewis, from Liversedge, called him a little warrior who had fought against the odds, Yorkshire Live reports.

Earlier this year they said Lorenzo was continuing to defy doctors who had said he wouldn’t be able to breathe on his own and that he would have seizures.

After an inquest into his tragic death they have paid tribute to their little boy.



His parents Fernando Pontone and Nichaela Lewis called him a ‘little warrior’
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Nichaela described Lorenzo as ‘a little warrior’ who had enjoyed the company and ‘noisiness’ of his five siblings.

She said that when he was being looked after at home he had been ‘content’.

“To us, he was a little warrior. He was so different at home, he was more content and settled. A lot of people noticed how different he was at home.”

Fernando said: “I think if either me or you went through what he went through, I don’t think we would have made it.”

Lorenzo, who had a complex medical history, died on October 15 2020 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary after he had become ill while being looked after by the Forget Me Not children’s hospice in the town.

A post mortem showed that the cause of death was bronchopneumonia.



An inquest was held into his death
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Lorenzo Romeo Luciano had developed severe hydrocephalus while in the womb
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Concerns over his care raised by his parents were answered following an investigation by the hospice.

Lis Meates, a director at the hospice, said Lorenzo’s care had been of a high standard but that some learning recommendations had been highlighted.

The review concluded that communication between health professionals and the family could have been better.

The review found one care document was out of date, and an advanced care plan hadn’t been drawn up which would have helped Lorenzo’s family.

The review had concluded with a number of recommendations, including the creation of electronic records at the hospice.

Ms Meates said the care of Lorenzo had been made more complicated by the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic which had affected face-to-face meetings.



Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Sheepridge, Huddersfield
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She said: “What could have been done better was communication and really listening and respecting their (the family’s) wishes.”

Assistant coroner Katy Dickinson said the creation of a care plan for Lorenzo might have made it a little easier for his parents to deal with his death.

The coroner concluded: “From the information I have looked at, and the cause of death, I am going to record he died of natural causes.

“What from I have seen nothing went wrong at the hospice which would have caused or exacerbated his death.

“I hope you are satisfied with that conclusion.”

Ms Dickinson described Lorenzo as a ‘real trooper’ and a ‘remarkable little boy’.

“He had a big impact in a short space of time.”










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