First Do No Harm is a cautionary tale of two countries, two doctors, and two families. The story surrounds families who lost children, only to have their lives torn apart by criminal investigations, accusing them of murdering their children. The cases involved Dr. Charles Smith, then head of the pediatric forensic pathology unit at Sick Kids hospital in Toronto and a so-called expert witness in those children's deaths in Canada. And in the UK, Dr. Sir Roy Meadow, a former president of the British Pediatric Association, also a distinguished expert witness. A look at what went wrong and what's being done to right them in both countries. This program was produced by Karin Wells of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and airs as part of our international documentary exchange series Crossing Boundaries.
First Do No Harm was produced by Karin Wells of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The program airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.
The Goudge Report
On October 1, 2008, chief coroner of Ontario, Stephen Goudge, released a report concluding Charles Smith had ruined some autopsies involving the deaths of children and the need for reform in the province's forensic pathology system.
Cana to compensate Smith's victims
Charles Smith's actions have shed a light on Ontario's forensic pathologists and their knowledge in the field, or lack of it.
Roy Meadow: Still on The General Medical Council register
After wronful allegations and the General Medical Council removed Meadow form its register, only to have that overturned.
American SIDS Institute
Founded in 1983, the institute is dedicated to the education and prevention of the sudden infant death syndrome.
Surrounded by Angels
by: Angela Amoroso 2008
Amoroso and her husband lost their daughter to SIDS. But instead and dwelling the gift they relaised that her passing was a gift to help others cope with the loss. An eduring tale of acceptance.