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Paramedic said six-year-old was trying to ‘milk’ illness hours before he died
A six-year-old has died from sepsis after a team of doctors and paramedics dismissed his symptoms and his mother’s worries.
“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.”