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Posted on 21st June 2019

11 Year Old Dies After Paramedics Fail To Take Him To Hospital

An 11-year-old boy has died after collapsing from an asthma attack. His death came just a few hours after paramedics said that he did not need to go to hospital. The boy’s heartbreaking final words to his parents was ‘I’m sorry’. After his death, East Midlands Ambulance Trust admitted that the boy would probably still be alive if he was taken to hospital.

The asthma attack began at home when he was watching a film with his parents. The family called for an ambulance. The paramedics arrived, and after a 45-minute assessment, the medics decided against taking the boy to A&E. A few hours later, the boy suffered another asthma attack and went into cardiac arrest. The parents gave the boy CPR and rushed him to hospital. However, efforts to resuscitate him failed.

An inquest into the boy’s death found that there were several failures. The coroner said that had the patient been taken to hospital in the first ambulance, he probably would have survived. Following on from the inquest, the East Midlands Ambulance Trust said that a number of lessons were learnt from his death.

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