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Inquest finds gross failures lead to toddler death

Inquest finds gross failures lead to toddler death

An inquest into the death of toddler finds there were ‘gross failures’ in the care provided by medical professionals.

Two year old Marcie Tadman died at the Royal United Hospital in Bath following a fatal cardiac arrest. She was admitted to the hospital the previous day with pneumonia.

Seven doctors treating her failed to consider sepsis.

The coroner reported that Marcie died from natural causes in which medical negligence played a part.

Maria Voisin, the coroner, says there were multiple failings in the care given by the hospital. She said,

“The gross failures to follow proper or routine procedures and protocols included standard monitoring. There was a serious deterioration in Marcie’s condition and staff caring for her should have realised the need for action in all the circumstances.”

She concludes,

“I find that the gross failure has caused or significantly contributed to Marcie’s death.”

Marcie had been seen by an out of hours doctor three days before her death. She was diagnosed with a viral infection and her father was told she should have paracetamol.

Her condition deteriorated so her father took her to A&E. She was presenting with a cough, temperature and vomiting. Yet, no sepsis screening tool was completed.

During the inquest in Marcie’s death, Dr Nelly Ninis said,

“The hospital policies are well written and had they been used they would have been enough and there were NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines that were not followed.”

Marcie’s mother died only a few months before Marcie

Marcie’s father spoke after the inquest to express the ‘hell’ his family is going through.

Marcie’s mother died only a few months before Marcie after being diagnosed with cancer.

Mr Tadman said,

“My family and I have been through hell and no words can adequately describe how we are feeling.”

“We put our trust in the Royal United Hospital, assuming our little girl would get the very best care but tragically that was not the case.”

Story reported on BBC news

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