Kate Pierce's brain damage after meningitis misdiagnosis

From BBC - September 18, 2017

A nine-month-old baby was left with severe brain damage after her meningitis was misdiagnosed as tonsillitis, an inquest has heard.

Kate Pierce was sent home from Wrexham Maelor Hospital in March 2006 without antibiotics after a doctor concluded she had a viral infection.

She was later diagnosed with meningitis which caused brain damage and she died in her sleep in Florida in 2013.

A jury inquest will investigate her diagnosis and treatment in 2006.

Kate's mother Diane told the hearing in Abergele how she sought medical help after her daughter began vomiting green mucus on 29 March 2006.

An out-of-hours GP referred her to the children's ward at Wrexham Maelor where a doctor diagnosed tonsillitis.

He ruled out giving Kate, from Rossett, Wrexham, any antibiotics because he said it was a viral infection, but the family asked for a second opinion.


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