Boy, 8, found dead in bed by his mum after doctors missed fatal symptoms


A BOY was found dead in bed by his distraught mum after medics missed fatal symptoms, an inquest heard.

Young Logan Jones died after meningitis wasn’t picked up by doctors at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

Logan Jones died after his killer an an an infection was missed at hospitalCredit: Michelle Allen/Media Wales

The eight-year-old boy went to hospital twice whereas struggling with the killer an an an infection, nonetheless was “completely failed”, a coroner talked about.

He died hours after leaving hospital for the second time on November 19, 2019, with his mum tragically discovering his physique when she went to supply him some water.

The inquest into his demise heard an announcement examine out from Logan’s mum Michelle Allen, Wales Online reports.

She described her son as a “very happy child” who was very near his sister.

Logan had been born with a coronary coronary coronary heart defect and a genetic state of affairs generally called Chromosome 14, which consequence in studying difficulties.

In her assertion Ms Allen relived how Logan first began feeling unwell on November 15, 2019.

He had a headache, felt sleepy and vomited, the inquest was educated.

The heartbroken mum outlined she had generally called for assist the next day and was educated to take the little boy to A&E.

When they acquired to hospital {the teenager} was triaged and had his vital indicators checked by nurses and an ambulance crew, earlier than he was seen three hours later.

A junior registrar with 4 months paediatric expertise noticed Logan, nonetheless didn’t spot any key symptoms of meningitis, considering he had a “viral illness”.

He educated the inquest he did not search the advice of with anybody additional senior as he “did not think it was necessary”.

The physician talked about he supplied to maintain up Logan in hospital for checks nonetheless Ms Allen talked about she would take him dwelling and produce him as soon as extra if he acquired worse, the coroner was educated.

However Logan acquired worse the following day, with his GP referring him as soon as extra to the Royal Gwent.


Ms Allen educated how she arrived to “chaotic” scenes at what was then the Child Assessment Unit.

She talked about: “I asked for a bed as Logan was wanting to lie down, which he could not do in the waiting room. [I was] told he could not, he would have to stay in the waiting area…as Logan was wanting to lie down and the department was chaotic.”

Ms Allen educated how she requested how extended they may be ready and was educated it was “busy”, so with no thought when her son – determined to lie down – may be seen she took him dwelling.

She added: “We acquired him to bed [at around 10.30pm]. Logan talked about to me: ‘See you’ and I replied: ‘Love you’.

“I woke up at 3.50am and decided to give Logan some water. He was lying there…I touched him, he was stiff, and I started screaming.”

The little boy was tragically pronounced dead at 4am, with his demise recorded as pneumococcal meningitis.

The inquest heard from Dr William Christian, who talked about he thought the junior physician had given a “very brief assessment for a child with complex needs”.

What are the symptoms of meningitis?

The symptoms of meningitis develop instantly and embrace:

  • A excessive fever over 37.5 ranges – the widespread human temperature
  • being sick
  • a headache
  • a blotchy rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • stiffness, considerably in the neck
  • sensitivity to wise lights
  • drowsiness, irritability or lack of vitality
  • chilly arms and ft
  • seizures

He added that from the notes there was no doc the physician had not found Logan to have a stiff neck or was delicate to delicate – key indicators of meningitis.

Discussing the second hospital go to, Dr Christian talked about if Logan had been seen by a physician earlier he would have doable been saved in a single day.

But he well-known the an an an infection would possibly set off a fast deterioration, so he couldn’t be sure of a selected consequence even when that had occurred.

Senior coroner for Gwent, Caroline Saunders, talked about it had been a “broken system” and Logan’s mum’s dedication to go dwelling was the “lesser of two evils”.

Ms Saunders talked about: “Had Logan remained in hospital overnight his deterioration would have been [observed] and staff would have been offered an opportunity to save his life.”

He left hospital without being seen by a doctor hours before he died
He left hospital with out being seen by a physician hours earlier than he diedCredit: Media Wales

She added he was “completely failed” nonetheless she could not be certain if the expertise instantly contributed to his demise – subsequently recording a conclusion of pure causes.

The inquest heard pretty a variety of adjustments have been made, with leaflets handed out to individuals coming to the centralised unit on the model new Grange Hospital.

Susan Dinsdale, assistant divisional nurse, talked about victims and relations are actually immediate to not go away with out talking to a nurse.

Those who do go away with out being seen are actually generally called in a observe up as commonplace observe.

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