Medical Negligence: 10-Years-Old Girl Dies From Appendicitis In Her Sleep Because Of A Wrong Diagnosis
When it comes to appendicitis, most people know it’s nothing to be afraid of and a regular surgery will easily do away with it. However, doctors' consultation is always necessary whenever there are any symptoms like these: abdominal pain near the belly button that moves lower and to the right, nausea, abdominal swelling, constipation, diarrhea, and even fever.
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And while the purpose of an appendix isn’t clear, and there is no problem removing it, such an ordinary thing might become fatal.
Little did the father of this little girl know something like that might end his daughter’s life. One year ago, the 10-year-old girl, Mya-Louise Perrin, died in her sleep from acute appendicitis.
However, the day before she was taken to Cromwell Primary Care Centre in Grimsby where she was diagnosed by an advanced nurse practitioner with a urinary tract infection and prescribed antibiotics. That was it. This way, the girl went to sleep and in the morning, her father, Andrew Perrin, found her dead.
Such a tragedy could have been avoided if the girl got a complete diagnosis of her state. Here are Grimsby and North Lincolnshire coroner, Paul Kelly’s, words on the tragedy:
An incomplete diagnosis at 12.30pm on November 7 denied optimum medical treatment, which, if provided, could possibly have led to a favourable outcome.
It’s not the only case when an incomplete and not careful enough examination led to such a tragic outcome. A 10-year-old girl from Agricola died at the Georgetown Public Hospital because she wasn’t properly checked by a specialist.
Such cases should make people, especially medical professionals, be more careful about their patients and their well-being. People’s lives are at stake. Do you agree?