Hospital pays out £30,000 after death of a child

Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust have had to pay out £30,000 in compensation after the death of a child in their care. The parents of Anabelle Shepherd have agreed to the compensation after the death of their 22-month-old daughter on Christmas day 2012.

The parents also asked for reassurances that changes have been made to hospital procedures for patients with similar conditions so that no one else has to go through what they have.

Anabelle suffered from a genetic condition: MPS Type 1- Hurlers’ Syndrome and had previously undergone a bone marrow transplant at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Sadly she was admitted to hospital on 23rd December when she became lethargic and not her usual self. The transplant meant that she had been taking specialist medication to suppress her immune system but she was given oral antibiotics at the Queen Alexander Hospital in Portsmouth.

The oral antibiotics caused Anabelle to vomit almost immediately and after seeing a consultant paediatrician on Christmas Eve various tests were conducted. By the evening it was clear that Anabelle’s kidneys were not working properly.

Despite receiving antibiotics her condition worsened and she was rushed to the paediatric intensive care unit at Southampton General Hospital where medics tried to save her. Sadly her condition deteriorated and she died at 2.40pm from septic shock.

In a statement by Anabelle’s parents they said “Anabelle had gone through so much after being diagnosed with MPS type 1- Hurler’s Syndrome and after intensive treatment she had the chance of a near normal life. It sickens us every day to think she went through all that she did to have been robbed of her life due to not receiving adequate care, especially from her home city’s hospital.”

They also said that London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital “warned us that this may happen and she may need to be admitted to our local hospital to receive IV antibiotics. However, sadly when we got to the QAH things didn’t go as they should and the correct treatement was not given until it was far too late.”

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The thought that somewhere like a hospital could let you know is a sad fact but sometimes it does happen. Fortunately most hospitals offer an excellent level of service but if you feel you have been let down then you could claim compensation.

Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to help assess whether you have a claim and to guide you through the process.

Source: Daily Echo

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