Tragic Death of Worcester Child With Suspected Sepsis

  • March 9, 2017
  • An eight-year-old boy who was diagnosed with tonsillitis died less than 24 hours after being discharged from hospital.

    Callum Cartlidge suffered a cardiac arrest at home after developing suspected sepsis. Paramedics were allegedly told to take him 18 miles (29km) to Worcestershire Hospital and not nearby Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, which stopped admitting children to A&E in September.

    Callum had seen a GP on 28 February and was diagnosed with tonsillitis and a tummy upset and given antibiotics. His condition deteriorated and on 2 March a GP sent him to Worcestershire hospital.  He was discharged late that evening with instructions to be administered Calpol. He collapsed the next day suffering from a cardiac arrest and later died.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service said the trust had previously told staff not to take patients under 16 to Redditch, after Alexandra Hospital’s children’s inpatient services were moved. Three members of staff performed life support throughout the 23-minute journey to the hospital.  An Ambulance Service spokesman said “Having reviewed the case, there is no doubt that the ambulance staff did absolutely everything possible to help the child”.

    Neal Stote, former Chairman of ‘Save The Alex Campaign’, said he was “deeply upset” by the news. He said: “We warned, we shouted, we protested, we were ignored and now our worst fears.”

    Inez Brown, winner of Partner of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society awards

    Inez Brown, winner of Partner of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society awards

    Inez Brown, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence at Medical Accident Group said “it is really sad that children are still dying of sepsis especially after the death of William Mead.  Shortly after his death a major campaign raising awareness of sepsis followed and yet hospitals staff are still making the same mistakes.

    Parents who are concerned whether their child has sepsis needs to check whether the child is:

    • Breathing very fast
    • Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion
    • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
    • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
    • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
    • Feels abnormally cold to touch

    If they have any of the above symptoms you must call 999 and ask whether it could be sepsis.

    We have obtained compensation for patients who are victims of sepsis or know someone who has sepsis.  We also represent families where delays in treating sepsis have resulted in death”

    As an experienced local Worcester firm, we have managed to secure an award of compensation for many clients who have experienced poor treatment from GPs and hospitals.   If you have suffered from poor treatment, Medical Accident Group can help. We have a team of dedicated clinical negligence solicitors, with over 30 years’ experience, who will guide you through the process of making a claim. If you believe you have a claim, call the team now on 0800 050 1668.

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