Advocates for those who suffer in silenceBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7055.499a (Published 24 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:499
- Abi Berger
Left unattended in a hot bath, Geoffrey McConnell inhaled some bubble bath and slowly slipped into a coma. He never recovered, dying some hours later in hospital. His mother describes this event as the final act of neglect in a lifelong history of abuse. Geoffrey was born with cerebral palsy and had been “cared” for in eight different homes and institutions during his 29 years. According to his family, he had been treated very much as a person without desire or opinion. Despite his age and obvious intelligence he was treated as a young child for much of his adult life.
But this story is not simply about abuse …