Demise Of 10-Year-Old Meningitis-Sufferer After Being Misdiagnosed With Migraine



A mourning mother has disclosed how the doctors erroneously diagnosed her 10-year-old meningitis-ailing son. The doctors incorrectly diagnosed the boy to be having migraine instead and told the mother to administer calpol to him.

The boy, William Cressey was seen by 5 doctors in a span of 3 days prior to ultimately facing disastrous damage to his brain.

48-year-old Cheryl, the mother of the boy, constantly pleaded with the doctors that she was doubtful that her son had meningitis, but her pleas were simply unheard.

Merely hours prior to his death, the school-going William literally begged one of the doctors there to help him out of this situation or he would soon die.

William Cressey Following a hearing on the evidence presented, the NHS professionals have faced severe criticism from the coroner for the string of wrongly taken decisions on their part while treating William.

Subsequent to being discharged from the Darlington Memorial Hospital in March 2005, William passed away due to the brain bug, an inquest for which is being heard for the flaws that were evident in the manner of his diagnosis and treatment.

Soon afterwards William’s mother re-admitted him into the hospital where she continually pleaded with the doctors for not sending him home as she was sure that he was ailing from meningitis.

There was a major failure on the part of the doctors to detect the disease that eventually led to the child slipping into a coma right in front of his disconsolate mother who had to finally turn off his life support machine on 1st March.

The inquisition into his untimely demise at the Newcastle Civic Centre, being heard lately, shed light on the major inattention and ineffectiveness on the part of the medical staff who discharged the boy without complete evaluation and opted not to administer him life-giving antibiotics after re-admission.

The consultant paediatrician in charge of William excluded meningitis as the reason behind the headaches, however had left orders for the patient to be continually assessed through the day.

However, coroner David Mitford stated that there was absence of any kind of records that implied any of the associate paediatricians had actually examined the boy prior to discharging him that night.

The coroner also stated that there was something terribly erroneous about the manner in which William’s case was handled and nothing was jotted down.

When the staff nurse present during the time was queried about why nothing was on paper, he said that he had jotted down the information, but later threw it away. The nurse also rebuffed Mrs. Cressey’s claims of constantly requesting the medical staff to offer her son antibiotics. The nurse also disagreed with Mrs. Cressey’s account that her son was ailing from agonising headaches, and had pus discharge from eyes, but instead stated that he was composed and restful.

The investigation into this case is still on-going.

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