A Dartford hospital has apologised for failing to follow established guidelines which led to the death of four year-old Kessie Thomas.
Kessie was rushed into to Darren Valley Hospital with a high heart rate, high temperature and suffering from convulsions. She was sent home, after hospital staff told Kessie’s mother, Marie Thomas, to administer Calpol and ibuprofen.
Sepsis caused cardiac arrest
Over the next 24 hours Kessie’s condition had not improved and she was taken back to hospital where she suffered a cardiac arrest caused by septicaemia. She was urgently transferred to Evelina children’s hospital where she died that day having suffered from severe brain damage.
Call for action
Marie Thomas has called for the hospital to learn and share from their investigations, saying: “We want the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust to share the lessons that they have learnt from their investigations with all trusts across the country, so that no-one need suffer the way we have in the future.”
The UK Sepsis Trust says that sepsis claims the lives of 5 people every hour in the UK and a quarter of all sepsis survivors suffer permanent and life-altering after effects. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.
Sarah-Jayne Martin, solicitor with Medical Accident Group, said: “More work needs to be done to raise the awareness of sepsis. This is a truly devastating story, and it is absolutely imperative thatactions to improve the awareness and treatment of sepsis are initiated to ensure that future suffering is prevented.”
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