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The medical watchdog, the General Medical Council (GMC) is now reviewing claims that Miss Davison and her mother were not told about Miss Shorten’s death and instead told only about a 10-year-old boy who had a similar operation and survived when they agreed to go ahead with the risky transplant. A spokesman for GOSH said they  carried out a “comprehensive review” of all the relevant published scientific and medical evidence ahead of Shauna’s operation. “We are sorry the treatment did not work for Shauna and the family feel they did not receive all relevant information,” they said.“We are contacting Shauna’s family to offer to meet them to talk through any concerns.” A UCL spokesman said: “Any research at UCL is required to conform to the highest legal, ethical and regulatory standards, and we will not hesitate to take the necessary action, if and when this falls short.”   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The mother of a girl whose death was part of an alleged “cover up” by scientists, revealed by the Daily Telegraph last year, has said that surgeons “have a lot to account for”.  Karen Davison, whose 15-year-old daughter Shauna underwent experimental surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), said she was in “shock” after learning that her daughter died as a result of the procedure.  Shauna, who was born with one lung, was given a stem cell engineered trachea transplant on compassionate grounds in 2012.Researchers at University College London (UCL) submitted an application for Government funding for the first ever trial of stem cell-engineered larynx transplants to treat people with failing windpipes, citing Shauna’s operation as an example of a  “successful” transplant.The Telegraph revealed how scientists claimed Shauna died of “non graft related causes” and had a “healthy and vascular” graft. In fact, she died within two weeks of the transplant when her new trachea collapsed, suffocating her and causing fatal brain damage. 20-year-old Keziah Shorten, from Tonbridge, Kent, was also left fighting for her life in intensive care for six months after undergoing a similar operation in 2010. She later died.But Mrs Davison was not told about Miss Shorten’s death before she agreed to her daughter having the transplant. “They said, she will die, eventually because her airway would just give up,” Mrs Davison told Newsnight. “So there was this procedure they said they were willing to do and, like any other parent, if you were a parent, if you thought this was going to help your child live, I agreed to it.“I’ve never wanted to blame them surgeons for her death. They have a lot to account for.”  Mrs Davison added:  “I hope… that no one else has to go through what I’ve been through. I really do. They should be stopped. That is such a shock.”   read more