Death of Four Year Old was Avoidable

Gracie Foster died after falling ill in 2015

A four year old girl from Chesterfield, who died from a form of Meningitis, could have been saved, a coroner says.

The inquest at Chesterfield Coroners Court, which ended today, heard the verdict from Dr Robert Hunter, who says staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital failed to conduct basic checks before discharging.

Gracie went to the Royal for a routine tonsil removal operation, but fell ill whilst on the ward awaiting her procedure. she was then sent home and became much worse, and was taken to Sheffield Childrens hospital, where she died the same day.

Speaking at the inquest, Dr Hunter said the death was completely avoidable;

"There were gross failures by the attending health care professionals and as such, Gracie Ella Foster died of natural causes contributed by neglect.
"As such, Gracie's death was a preventable death".

The inquest also heard from Gracies mum, who said she trusted medical professionals, says she unknowingly took her child home to die.

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