AN inquest into the death of a four-year-old boy who suffered a heart attack begins today.

Matthew Kenway, from Fareham, was nearly five when he died at Southampton General Hospital after an operation on his kidneys.

The St Francis School pupil suffered from a genetic condition that made his muscles weaker than usual, and relied on 24-hour care from his parents.

Coroner Keith Wiseman will conduct the two-day inquest, which will hear the circumstances surrounding Matthew’s death in December 2010.

The day after his operation his breathing had deteriorated and he had pain on the left side of his body while he was on the paediatric high dependency unit.

Matthew’s parents, Anthony Kenway and Katie Oxley, said: “Matthew’s death has devastated us and changed us forever. We miss him so much. We just cannot understand how things can have gone so wrong, so quickly that night.”