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Brain bug boy sent home to die with a bottle of Calpol; PROBE RAPS SURGERY'S BLUNDER.

Byline: GREIG BOX TURNBULL

A TODDLER died from meningitis three days after he was refused a doctor's appointment, an NHS inquiry found.

Three-year-old Obed-Edom Bans was turned away even though he had an emergency card for sickle cell sufferers. A nurse later phoned his mum Akua Bans, 46, to prescribe Calpol and antibiotics.

Obed's condition inevitably worsened last October and he died in hospital three days later.

An NHS report said: "If the child had been seen by a doctor he may have been referred immediately to hospital as he had sickle cell disease and a sudden onset of fever. Nurse M didn't take an appropriate history or access relevant information about existing illness." The nurse has been ordered to undertake extra training and supervision but has not been sacked.

Mrs Bans, of New Addington, Surrey, said: "His temperature was very high. It was obvious something was wrong. They could have saved him. Obed loved everybody and everybody loved him."

Dad Kwadwo Danquah, 45, added: "The nurse never asked questions. She should be fired."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2011
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