Eye doctor charged with manslaughter after 8-year-old patient died of swelling in his brainBy Mason White 5:48 PM April 11, 2016
By: Tanya Malhotra
An eye doctor was arrested on a charge of manslaughter after allegedly failing to notice a condition that caused a little boy to die, police in the United Kingdom said.
Suffolk police said that they have arrested 34-year-old Honey Rose, after 8-year-old Vincent Barker died as a result of swelling in the brain.
Rose was charged with one count of manslaughter by gross negligence. If convicted, Rose faces up to life in prison.
According to the police investigation, Rose was working as an eye doctor at a store in Ipswich, where Barker came for a check up.
Prosecutors told the court that Barker suffered from papilledema, an inflammation of the optic nerve due to increased pressure in the skull.
Rose was supposed to raise a red flag following an internal examination of the eyes, which is a standard procedure during an exam.
Barker died after falling ill at the Dale Hall Elementary School.
He suffered from a large buildup of fluid in the brain.