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My Amber's brain bug was 'missed' by THREE doctors.


A GIRL of 10 died of meningitis after hospital doctors allegedly sent her home, saying she had a stomach upset.

Amber Jo Joel was taken to casualty with a soaring temperature. Her parents Julie and Carl say she was examined by two doctors before a third said she had a gastric infection.

That night she was sick and so hot she pleaded to be put in a cold bath. Next morning she had a rash on her chest and Julie, 40, and Carl, 48, called an ambulance. Amber Jo, youngest of four children, had two fits in hospital and was put on life support. Two days later, doctors said there was no sign of life and it was switched off.

Julie said: "When we first took Amber Jo to hospital she seemed very ill.

"She was feverish, had a very high temperature and was vomiting.

"Three doctors examined her and the last one said we could take her home because it was a gastric complaint. Even though she was still vomiting and very ill he said, 'Do you think you can cope if she goes home?'

"I said yes, like any mother would, because she was my daughter and I wanted to look after her. But if I'd had any idea how ill she was, I'd have insisted she was kept in. I put my faith in the doctors and they let my little girl die."

Julie, of Sheffield, added: "I want answers. I need to know why they didn't take her condition seriously enough. They should have kept her in just in case - then she might have survived."

Chris Sharratt, chief executive of Sheffield Children's NHS Trust, said: "It would be inappropriate to comment at this stage before we ascertain the full details."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2006
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