Friday, 23 January 2009

Teen dies after hospital repeatedly sent him home with painkillers

A teenager died from a brain infection after months of repeatedly being turned away from Mayday Hospital with just painkillers.

The Croydon hospital has now launched an investigation into how 17-year-old Steven Deans' life-threatening condition was missed by a succession of A&E medics.

And his mother Marcia Deans, who buried her son on Tuesday, says she intends to sue for negligence. Marcia, of Pickering Gardens, Addiscombe, said: "They killed my only son. If they had done their jobs properly, if they had done thorough checks, he would still be alive. I can understand once, but he went back to them time and time again, and still they sent him away. When I took him in November his whole head was numb with pain and swollen. He was crying and being sick, and the smallest noise affected him terribly."
Good. Another investigation launched. That'll fix it.

Source: Croydon Today

4 comments:

AntiCitizenOne said...

Lessons will be learnt.

DARWEN REPORTER said...

I don't agree AntiCitizen One. How many needless deaths have there been in the NHS in the past through incompetence and they keep on making the same old mistakes.

Arrogant doesn't even begin to describe some Docs.

That poor lad what he must have suffered.

The Docs responsible should be struck off

Mark Wadsworth said...

DR, I think AC1 was being ironic.

AntiCitizenOne said...

Yes, I was being Ironic.

"lessons will be learnt" is heard every single time, but they seem to be forgotten very quickly by NDS staff.