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Saturday, November 01, 2008

A mother-of-three died from a brain haemorrhage just days after being sent home from hospital with headache pills following a car crash.

Mother died of brain haemorrhage after being sent home from GP with headache pill
article in the Telegraph

Extract 1:

"Lorraine King, 44, was told her head pain and drowsiness were the result of whiplash caused by a recent minor car accident.

She was given Nurofen and Co-codamol but rushed back to hospital four days later where an MRI scan revealed a haemorrhage on her brain.

Within 24 hours of the scan she had slipped into a coma and was declared brain dead the following day.

Miss King leaves daughter Hannah, 18, to raise her autistic brother Adam, 16, and her younger half-sister, Terri (corr), 14."

If you read all of the article you will see that there is a deplorable and repeated failure to take seriously Lorraine King's symptoms. What a terrible waste of a life.

Extract 2.

"A post mortem examination at Hornsey Mortuary gave cause of death as a brain haemorrhage.

The family is now considering taking legal action against Barnet Hospital and against the London Ambulance Service.

A spokesman for Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust refused to comment about the case on the grounds of patient confidentiality."

My translation of ' on the grounds of patient confidentiality' is 'on the grounds of cover-up of medical mistakes'. - Those poor children left motherless!