Hospital snubs parents of Wembley stabbing victim who died minutes after he was discharged

Monica Campbell and Keith Payne with a photo of Arron

Monica Campbell and Keith Payne with a photo of Arron - Credit: Archant

The family of a stabbing victim who died minutes after being discharged from hospital are still waiting for answers from health chiefs after his death.

Monica Campbell and Keith Payne with a photo of Arron

Monica Campbell and Keith Payne with a photo of Arron - Credit: Archant

Arron Payne, 26, was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington after he was knifed in the stomach in Chalkhill Road, Wembley, on September 5 last year.

Monica Campbell and Keith Payne with a photo of Arron

Monica Campbell and Keith Payne with a photo of Arron - Credit: Archant

Eight days after undergoing an operation, doctors said he was well enough to return home but he died in his father Keith Payne’s arms in a toilet cubicle before they left the building.

As the family prepare themselves for the first anniversary of his death they have yet to receive answers as to why he was given the all-clear.

Mr Payne said: “We have heard nothing since Arron died.


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“When I went to collect him he was sweating profusely, which made me think something wasn’t right. I asked the doctors if he was ok and they said he was fine.

“Someone has really messed up here, which caused something to go wrong. How could they discharge my son when he had not eaten solid food?”

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Mr Payne’s death is a double tragedy for the family as his twin brother Antone died from cancer at the age of just 13.

The brothers are now buried side-by-side.

Monica Campbell, Mr Payne’s mother, said: “I could stay in bed all day and cry, but I have to keep going for my eldest son Adrian.

“When Arron died I had people knocking on my door to tell me what a good boy he was. He would help anyone with their shopping and was very well-liked.

“When he died all the nurses were upset because he had made friends with them. That’s how Arron was, he would laugh and joke with them all.

“I don’t understand why he died. He was doing all right and they had given him a dye to make sure his insides were working properly.

“But we have to be strong.”

Last month Dean Gabay was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 25 years for the murder of Mr Payne.

The 23-year-old had already killed a homeless Polish man with a single punch in Neasden four years earlier and served 21 months inside for manslaughter.

Ms Campbell said: “I think anyone who is caught with a knife should be given the same sentence as possessing a gun.

“I don’t know why these boys leave their homes with a knife, what is the world coming to?”

A spokesperson for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said: “The Trust has contacted the family to apologise unreservedly for not contacting them sooner and also to inform them that we have completed a full investigation into the circumstances of this patient’s death.

“We are now arranging for the patient’s family to come in for a meeting with the clinical team to discuss the report’s findings.”

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