Girl, 10, Died In Her Sleep After Nurse Failed To Spot Appendicitis Symptoms


A YOUNG girl tragically died in her sleep after a nurse failed to spot she was suffering from acute appendicitis, an inquest heard.

Mya-Louise Perrin, 10, had been taken to Cromwell Primary Care Centre, in Grimsby, the day before she died on November 8 last year.

BPM Media Mya-Louise Perrin died in her sleep

An inquest into her death heard that she was diagnosed by an advanced nurse practitioner with a urinary tract infection and prescribed antibiotics. There was no doctor on site at the time.

Her dad Andrew Perrin was advised that if he had concerns or her condition deteriorated further advice should be sought.

But sadly, he discovered her in bed the following day at their home on Melrose Way, on Grimsby’s Willows estate.

In his short narrative conclusion into the death of Mya-Louise, Grimsby and North Lincolnshire coroner, Paul Kelly said she died from acute peritonitis, caused by acute appendicitis.

BPM Media An inquest heard the youngster could have survived if her appendicitis was spotted

Ben Lack Mya-Louise, pictured with her dad Andrew, was found dead at home

He told the hearing at Cleethorpes Town Hall: “An incomplete diagnosis at 12.30pm on November 7 denied optimum medical treatment which if provided could possibly have led to a favourable outcome.

The coroner commissioned an independent report from a consultant surgeon, Mr Martin Gough of Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.

The consultant said if Mya-Louise had been referred to hospital she probably would have survived.

In tribute to his daughter, Andrew said: “She was one of those people who had energy about her and she gave 110 per cent at school.

BPM Media Her inquest heard she was diagnosed by an advanced nurse practitioner with a urinary tract infection

“She enjoyed school a lot and she enjoyed being out in her garden. She enjoyed sports and anything she could get involved in. She had lots of friends.

“She had one of those attitudes that she wanted to be friends with everyone she met.”

He added: “She wanted to be a politician because she talked a lot and she had an opinion on everything.”

He told how she started vomiting on Sunday November 5, and the following day she was unwell and on Tuesday she was again vomiting and was struggling to stand up straight.

Ben Lack Her distraught dad said she had “lots of friends” and enjoyed being out in the garden

She was taken by bus to the Cromwell Primary Care Centre for an appointment with Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Ruth Loveday.

Mr Perrin said after being prescribed antibiotics for a urinary tract infection she went to bed. She came downstairs at 7pm and sat watching TV on the sofa before returning to bed.

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