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Posted 4 June 2019
by Stuart Bramley

Paramedic said six-year-old was trying to ‘milk’ illness hours before he died

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A six-year-old has died from sepsis after a team of doctors and paramedics dismissed his symptoms and his mother’s worries.

With reference to this Daily Mail article, infection specialist Stuart Bramley observes –

“Yet another avoidable death from sepsis that should have been recognised as such immediately. If the facts as reported here are correct I simply can’t understand why the combination of a non-blanching rash, lethargy, a grunting noise and a temperature can have been dismissed so readily by the staff here. It is so often the case that ‘over-anxious mothers’ are anxious because they have good reason to be. Similarly, I have handled claims where the only reason the child was taken to hospital in the first place was because the parents had been Googling the symptoms, and quite rightly – it is astonishing that the paramedic is said to have asked about that sarcastically.

I do hope that the inquest returns a verdict that helps focus the attention of clinicians across the country on the symptoms and risks of meningitis.”

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About the author

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor with over 25 years' experience of medical claims and inquests