Girl, 10, died in her sleep after nurse failed to spot appendicitis

Girl, 10, died in her sleep after nurse failed to spot appendicitis

Mya-Louise (pictured) was found dead in her bed by her father 

A 10-year-old girl who tragically died in her sleep could have survived if the fact that she had acute appendicitis was spotted.

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

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

Her father, 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.

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.

‘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 said in conclusion of the hearing at Cleethorpes Town Hall.

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.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died from acute appendicitis followed by acute peritonitis.

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

‘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.’

Andrew Perrin (pictured with Mya-Louise) found his daughter’s lifeless body at their home the day after she was diagnosed and sent away 

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. The following day she was unwell and on Tuesday she was again vomiting and was struggling to stand up straight.

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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