Girl, 15, died hours after GP sent her home with an 'ear infection'

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The death of a schoolgirl just hours after she was sent home with an “ear infection” was contributed to by a GP’s neglect, a coroner has ruled.

Rosie Umney, 15, from Herne Bay in Kent, died just hours after being provided with a prescription for antibiootics.

She had visited her GP, Dr Sadaf Mangi, for an emergency appointment after falling ill at school the day before.

But Rosie, who suffered from type 1 diabetes, was wrongly told she just had an ear infection, reports Kent Live .

Less than 10 hours later she died from diabetic ketoacidosis after being rushed to hospital in Margate, an inquest in Canterbury was told.

Rosie with her mum Georgina Umney

 

It centred on whether or not Dr Mangi should have undertaken her own test to measure Rosie’s ketone level, or at the very least a urine ketone test, and whether she should have referred her to hospital.

Assistant coroner James Dillon told the hearing that on the “balance of probability” NICE guidelines would have provided a road map to have referred Rosie to hospital.

He concluded: “Rosie Jean Umney died on July 3, 2018 at Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital in Margate to which she had been admitted by emergency ambulance during the early hours of the morning.

“It was established that she was in a state of advanced diabetic ketoacidosis. Her condition was not retrievable and she passed away in hospital.

Mum Georgina arrives at Canterbury Magistrates Court

 

“There is evidence she was non-compliant with the monitoring and treatment regime for her diabetes including that her blood sugar meter may have used for some days prior to July 2. 

“Rosie attended her GP surgery on the afternoon of July 2.

“The GP did not send her to hospital, guidelines including those issued by NICE would have led the GP to send Rosie to hospital.

“The GP did not conduct any independent blood sugar or urine ketone measurements.

Rosie was taken to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate

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“To the extent therefore that the GP did not arrange immediate hospital attendance or undertake any independent blood sugar or urine ketone measurements, I make a finding of neglect.”

A representative made a statement on behalf of the family at the conclusion of the inquest.

She said: “We are grateful to the coroner for carrying out a thorough investigation and we are pleased with the outcome.

“It was recognised by the coroner that Rosie should have been sent straight to hospital by her GP and the failure to do so amounted to neglect and contributed to her death.

“We hope the medical profession can learn from today’s findings, so this never again happens to another family.”

Speaking after the inquest, Rosie’s mum, Georgina Umney, said: “She was kind, caring, and beautiful.

“She had her whole life ahead of her. She wanted to drive, she wanted to go to university.

“She was just perfect.”



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