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Brother almost died after nine-month-old handed away after choking

  • Oliver died when he was nine-months-old after he choked at nursery
  • His mother and father narrowly prevented shedding their second son Jake final 12 months 

The mother and father of a nine-month-old child who died after choking at nursery narrowly prevented shedding their second son in a second tragedy, it emerged final evening.

Lewis and Zoe Steeper’s child Oliver died six days after he choked at Jelly Beans Day Nursery in Ashford, Kent, in September 2021.

He was given meals and commenced to wrestle to breathe – and devastatingly died six days later of a coronary heart assault on the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

His mother and father nearly confronted the same tragedy with their son Jake, however managed to keep away from heartbreak for the second time through the use of a tool to save lots of him.

Lewis used a LifeVac gadget, an airway clearing system which the pair have distributed over 100 of to nurseries since Oliver’s dying.

Oliver was given food and began to struggle to breathe and devastatingly died six days later of a heart attack at the Evelina London Children's Hospital

Oliver was given meals and commenced to wrestle to breathe and devastatingly died six days later of a coronary heart assault on the Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Lewis and Zoe Steeper's baby Oliver died six days after he choked at Jelly Beans Day Nursery in Ashford, Kent, in September 2021

Lewis and Zoe Steeper’s child Oliver died six days after he choked at Jelly Beans Day Nursery in Ashford, Kent, in September 2021

Swimming teacher Zoe Steeper with her baby son Oliver before his death

Swimming trainer Zoe Steeper together with her child son Oliver earlier than his dying

Jake stopped inhaling December 2023 after he wakened with a fever. His father, 39, used one of many units to clear the 14-month-old’s throat.

Medics stated that Jake had Covid and has made a full restoration, The Sun reported.

Lewis informed the newspaper: ‘It’s the worst factor I’ve ever seen in my life, I simply saved saying “I can’t lose another child”.’

He and Zoe, 34, arrange the Oliver Steeper Foundation after his passing and have raised nearly £19,000 to purchase LifeVacs to offer to nurseries.

Lewis informed The Sun that their mission is ‘much more private’ after he used the system to save lots of Jake, including ‘we wish to save as many lives as potential’. 

The couple have been informed that the CPS has determined to not convey fees and Kent Police have additionally shelved their investigation into Oliver’s dying.

His mother and father introduced the choice on the Oliver Steeper Foundation web site however have vowed to combat to overturn the choice.

The assertion stated: ‘Whilst the preliminary investigation concluded that the nursery’s insurance policies and procedures had been ‘of poor high quality and inconsistent’ no accountability for our son’s tragic and avoidable dying will prevail at this second in time.

‘We are massively disenchanted and shocked on the preliminary resolution, however we’re removed from deterred.

Oliver Steeper surrounded by tubes at the Evelina London Children's Hospital before he died

Oliver Steeper surrounded by tubes on the Evelina London Children’s Hospital earlier than he died

Pictured is the funeral which was held for baby Oliver after he passed away

Pictured is the funeral which was held for child Oliver after he handed away

‘We have now instructed specialist solicitors Leigh Day, who’ve lodged our enchantment with the Crown Prosecution Service.

‘We will depart no stone unturned as we really feel that many key points of what occurred on that day have been missed or ignored by the CPS.’

Following Oliver’s dying, the nursery completely closed following the tragedy.

The closure got here after childcare inspectors Ofsted suspended its registration.

The Steepers added that they had been additionally disenchanted with Ofsted’s dealing with of the case.

The inquest into his dying was opened and gave his explanation for dying as a mind damage and coronary heart assault, however was placed on maintain pending the end result of investigations.

His mother and father have since been campaigning in opposition to authorities recommendations to lower the ratio of nursery carers to kids to make childcare cheaper, with a petition gathering greater than 100,000 signatures.

Swimming trainer Zoe had a second son, known as Jake Oliver Steeper.

Surveyor Lewis stated beforehand that the couple had been so pleased to have been given a second probability at parenthood.

He stated: ‘Oliver was our first, and truthfully the very best child you possibly can ever have wished for…he was simply excellent.

‘It’s an odd feeling, figuring out the brand new child will most likely look and sound the identical as Oli.

‘We are simply pleased now we have been given one other probability.’

And talking of their bid to stop modifications that may see nursery workers taking care of extra youngsters Lewis added: ‘After shedding Oliver in an early years setting, we really feel it is our obligation now to guard different kids from people who find themselves attempting to overtake the sector.

‘These are members of parliament who won’t ever put their very own kids into a neighborhood nursery due to their wealth and privileges; who merely do not reside in the actual world the remainder of us do and do not bat an eyelid at the price of childcare.’

A spokesman for Kent Police stated on the time: ‘Kent Police carried out enquiries into the circumstances of a dying at a childcare facility in Ashford on Thursday 23 September 2021.

‘Following a radical investigation, no additional motion is to be taken and the investigation has been filed pending additional info coming to mild.

‘A report will probably be ready for the coroner.’

A spokesperson for the CPS stated on the time: ‘Kent Police referred a file of proof to the CPS looking for a charging resolution for 2 suspects in relation to Oliver Steeper’s dying. After a cautious evaluation of all of the proof, we concluded that there was inadequate proof to offer a practical prospect of conviction for both suspect.’

‘Oliver’s dying was a tragedy, and we perceive how troublesome it should have been for his household to listen to our resolution. Our ideas stay with them at this troublesome time.

‘We have obtained a request from Oliver’s household below the Victim’s Right to Review Scheme. We will now conduct an extra, full unbiased evaluation of all of the proof. It wouldn’t be acceptable to remark additional till the evaluation has been accomplished.’