Boy, six, dies of sepsis after doctors repeatedly sent him home with Calpol and told his worried parents it was 'nothing to be majorly concerned about'

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Boy, six, dies of sepsis after doctors repeatedly sent him home with Calpol and told his worried parents it was 'nothing to be majorly concerned about'

Post by HoratioTarr on Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:08 pm

A six-year-old boy died of Sepsis after doctors repeatedly sent him home and told him to take Calpol, an inquest has heard.
Connor Horridge, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, began suffering ear ache and sickness and was rushed to the doctor's when his symptoms worsened.

But his parents were told it was 'nothing to be majorly concerned about' and it would 'probably' be a viral infection.

In less than 24 hours, Connor was taken to hospital as an emergency with a dangerously high temperature but was again discharged, advised to continue taking Calpol and told 'he would get better', Bolton Coroner's Court heard.
Four days later Connor's mother rushed him to hospital after he collapsed shouting 'mummy, my legs'.
Despite the best efforts of medical staff Connor passed away later that evening.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4784216/Boy-six-dies-Sepsis.html
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Post by HoratioTarr on Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:09 pm

"Probably" doesn't quite cut the mustard, does it, from the mouth of a so called doctor.
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Post by HoratioTarr on Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:15 pm

Dr Martin Farrier, a consultant paediatrician, explained that by the time he was diagnosed it was 'too late'. He said: 'In my experience sepsis takes 24 hours to invade the body, but this usually happens within a 12 hour time window, so I believe Connor got poorly overnight, and that was when he contracted the sepsis.
'I do not believe that the other doctors or nurses could have done anything more as there was nothing to examine at the time, apart from the viral infection. They played the 'wait and see' approach, which I believe was the correct way to go about things in this case.
'The streptococcal septicaemia is rather rare and unheard of, but it still affects a lot of people. I believe it was implausible to think that any form of test would have picked up the septicaemia. You can't predict the future, and doctors cannot see what is not currently there.
'It was undiagnosable because there was nothing to diagnose at the time. So if the family feel it could have been picked up before, well to be transparent, they did everything on protocol. There was nothing for them to see, and sadly there are no tests to predict it happening.
'Sadly he did start to deteriorate during the night and in the morning. When the ambulance arrived they knew what sepsis looked like and wanted to get him the fastest help possible, but unfortunately, it was too late.'


I'm sure this is of absolutely no comfort to the parents.
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Post by Syl on Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:40 pm

Its every parents nightmare.
There are sometimes cases where children die because a Dr hasn't picked up on vital signs, if this isn't the case here....heartbroken though the parents will be, in time I think it would be some comfort to know their child wasn't dead because a Dr had been neglectful.

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