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A MUM is to sue medical staff after her son died following an ear infection.

Dwayne Hood was examined by three doctors but died from an abscess caused by a middle-ear problem.

The 19-year-old, from Tarbolton, Ayrshire, had been plagued with ear infections since he was a baby.

Dwayne first went to see his GP in May after finding his pillow soaked in blood from his right ear one morning.

The doctor gave him a course of antibiotics but the pain got worse and, after two days, he went to casualty.

Ayr Hospital staff changed his antibiotics when he became violently sick.

But when there was no change a week later, Dwayne was visited at home by another GP.

He changed his antibiotics again and told him to go back to hospital if he didn't feel any better within 24 hours.

Dwayne died in his sleep the next day.

Now, devastated mother Kay Reid, 36, has been denied a request for a fatal accident inquiry.

And she's been told none of the doctors involved will face criminal charges.

Kay said: "The procurator fiscal keeps saying what happened to Dwayne was unique but that doesn't get me answers. I haven't had a lot of answers."

She added: "Three doctors saw him in the space of a week. Someone has to be accountable for his death."His medical records clearly show he had a history of ear problems. My family and I want to know if these doctors were negligent."

Dwayne died on June 9, three days before he was due to start a job as a labourer.

His girlfriend, Tracey, was the last to see him alive.

Kay said: "He stayed the night with his girlfriend and, in the morning, he was so weak she had to help dress him.

"She was going to walk him back to his grandfather's but he said he was going to lie down for a while.

"By tea time, she couldn't wake Dwayne up.

"For all I know Dwayne would still be alive if the first doctor had found the abscess."

Kay's lawyer, James Pettigrew, is now preparing a civil action against the doctors who saw Dwayne

He said: "If they don't accept liability, I'll access his medical records to pursue a claim for compensation."
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Date:Nov 6, 2000
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