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Posted on 29th September 2017

Festival Medics Missed Meningitis

Medics at a festival in Newquay diagnosed a man with a stress fracture when he was actually suffering with meningitis.

The 18 year old male started to feel unwell the day after he arrived at the festival in Newquay. Suffering from pain in his legs he complained to his friends but the pain quickly progressed to the point that he was unable to put any weight on them.

His friends took him to see the festival medics who performed a series of tests. Medics who examined the man decided he was dehydrated and had a stress fracture of one of his ankles.

After being admitted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital he suffered a coma and was diagnosed with Meningitis B. The man was in hospital for five days before he passed away.

Family of the deceased man confirmed he had a mottled, bruised and non-raised rash across his foot but despite the circumstances behind the man’s death, an inquest has not been called.

A festival spokesperson commented that the man had been assessed by a senior medic and had attended with “minimal assistance” from his friends. The spokesperson continued “At no point was he considered by the medical team to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was not treated as such. At no point was he left alone under our care”.

The festival organisers confirmed that the deceased had been given painkillers and an examined by multiple medically trained staff including doctors and paramedics, they said “At no point did he show any signs of sepsis or indeed meningococcal disease”


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