A baby girl died from sepsis after a hospital sent her home with Calpol and ibuprofen, a court has been told.
Evie Crandle was 15-months-old when she was taken into Whiston Hospital after vomiting, developing blue lips and cold hands and feet.
Medical notes also showed that her temperature was 39.9 C, more than two degrees over the average, with a heart rate of more than double a healthy child her age.
Her parents, Samantha McNeice and Phil Crandle, said they repeatedly told medical staff they thought it could be sepsis but nothing was done about it.
Instead nurse Kay Archer, who attended to Evie, suspected there could be a ‘possible water infection’ and ordered urine tests.
Both Mrs Archer and another nurse, Penny Hartley, told the court how they ‘forgot’ to fill in vital sepsis documentation which could have identified the little girl’s illness.
In a heartbreaking statement Samantha, who is expecting her second child in six weeks’ time, said she was ‘broken beyond repair’ by her daughter’s death.
Through tears, Sam, 31, told Liverpool Coroner’s Court: ‘Our lives were built around Evie. She was the centre of our universe.
‘We have lost our daughter and have to face the fact we knew what was wrong with her.
‘We took her to hospital straight away and asked over and over about sepsis. I remember saying “are you sure this isn’t sepsis?”
‘I was petrified but stupidly allowed myself to take comfort from the fact that a medical professional was telling me ‘it could be but it’s most likely a urine infection’.
‘I feel like I failed Evie in the worst possible way.’
Evie’s dad, Phil, added: ‘We asked about sepsis straight away and even sat under a poster in the waiting room, but we were told its more likely a urine infection by a band six nurse and felt such relief despite still feeling such fear.
‘I thought they could never let a 15-month-old down. But they did.
‘If I could go back knowing what I know now I would’ve screamed the place down until she was treated, but I can’t and this fact fills my mind with guilt and regret. But what more could we do?’
Liverpool Coroner’s Court heard how Sam and Phil arrived at Whiston Hospital with their daughter at around 11.30am.
However, both nurses and a doctor said they could not remember the family asking if Evie could have sepsis.
The court heard how the family were discharged at at 4.30pm with ibuprofen and Calpol, but Evie’s parents brought her back to hospital two hours later because they were so concerned.
Dr Jennifer Hale saw Evie on her return to hospital, but despite there being two indicators on the septic screening tool, told the court: ‘I didn’t feel that she presented as a sceptic child, she was alert, drinking and interacting with her parents’.
And it was only 15 hours later, following her first admission that Evie was given IV fluids, on the request of Dr Hale.
Evie died two days later on April 16 at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she had been transferred following an admission into critical care.
Dr Hale told the court: ‘I wasn’t asked the question by her family if it could be sepsis. If I had it would have been an amber warning to me, if I had been asked that question.’
Both nurses and Dr Hale have since received more training on the signs and symptoms of sepsis.
The inquest continues.
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