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Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk - A Death by Indifference

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On July 4th 2013, Connor Sparrowhawk, also known as Laughing Boy or LB, was found dead in a specialist NHS unit. Connor, who had autism and epilepsy, had a seizure while in the bath and no member of staff was on hand to stop him from drowning. An entirely preventable death.


Sara Ryan presents a frank, sometimes funny and touching account of her son's early life and preventa
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Published September 27th 2017 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Wendy Greenberg
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How can I "rate" this book? My friend's son (aged 18) died in an NHS assessment unit in 2013 and this is her journey since then...brick walls and abuse at every stage in a search for any sort of justice, explanation or corporate remorse.
The facts are heartbreaking on every level in their telling. However it was the imagined conversations Sara had with her dead son throughout the process that hit every raw nerve and completely blindsided me.
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Karen
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I hate this book! - in the sense that it needed to be written in the first place.
I had not long started working in the same department as Sara at the university of oxford when Connor died, whilst not really knowing her well personally, I had recently returned to work myself after the death of my dad, and her story really touched my already fragile heart and emotional state. Like a lot of other people, I think I knew the basic details of what happened, and dipped in and out of blogs etc etc. My
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Standa
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A most important book for anyone with a heart. From the opening page, of which I don't think I have read a better one, albeit heart breaking I could hear LB's voice the whole time. A story of a beautiful life denied by those who think they know better. Please everyone read and listen. ...more
Kayleigh Arthur
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what an amazing, but shocking read! So sad that it ever had to be written in the first place, but so glad Sara did.

Personally, it was a real eye opener for me. You hear things in the media about how people with learning disabilties often get let down and neglected by the system but never did I think it could be this bad. I think its terrible how Connor got let down by the system when all the family ever wanted was to do the best for Connor. Unfortunately the decision the family made was the
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Phil Smifff
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone who worked in Adult Safeguarding in Mental Health I had followed in the news the sad death of Connor Sparrowhawk and was astounded at the time how badly Southern Health responded to this tragedy. Because I had followed these events I almost didn't bother to read this book but am so pleased I eventually did.
This book is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I now have a sense of who Connor was which in turn makes his unnecessary death more tragic. The book gives some insight into the im
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Emma
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cried, and laughed at times, and cried a lot more. As a social worker working with people with learning disabilities this is a really really difficult read. Heartbreaking, raw and so incredibly sad. But so important. I'm not really sure how to review such a personal story, but I'm so grateful that it exists. Thank you Sara. ...more
Joey
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This changed the way I viewed advocacy and gave a heart breaking incite into disability politics. Many tears for the realistic and horrific treatment/neglect at in-pacient faccilities for those with learning disabilities. the highlight of the book for me was about the bus and the hope, love and outrage that the situation inspired.

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Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The speed at which I finished this book is testament to how difficult it is to put down. You share in the author's frustration throughout and are willing for a happy ending - though you know there isn't going to be one. ...more
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