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Medical staff not responsible for girl’s death says ministry (updated)

A report on the death of an eight-year-old girl on Monday who had been rushed to Limassol hospital with high fever but then taken home again by her mother, found that medical and nursing staff were not responsible for the outcome, the health ministry announced on Tuesday.

According to the report of events requested by Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou the ministry said all due procedures had been followed.

“The medical and nursing staff acted with sensitivity and diligence in dealing with the child, despite the lack of cooperation by the mother,” the ministry said.

The child was rushed to Limassol hospital’s A&E department late Sunday afternoon by its parents, the ministry said. The child was diagnosed with aphthous stomatitis and dehydration, while the parents told staff that she had been suffering from high fever for two days and was refusing to eat or drink anything.

Doctors who examined the girl considered it necessary for her to be admitted for treatment in the paediatric unit but a little later the mother asked that she be discharged.

The mother, against doctors’ advice, the ministry said, signed the discharge papers and took the girl home.

A few hours later, the ministry said, at around 2am on Monday, the child was again brought to the hospital by her parents. The paediatrician on duty and an anaesthesiologist were called in, while staff also called an intensivist from the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia who gave them advice, which had been followed, the ministry said.

But despite efforts by medical staff to resuscitate the child, it said, the eight-year-old died.

The death of the girl was due to septic shock, according to the findings of a post-mortem on Tuesday.

The post mortem was carried out by state pathologist Eleni Antoniou, who also sent tissue for histopathology tests.

The health ministry said that according to the law on the rights and protection of patients, “healthcare is provided to patients following their consent or that of their representatives.” In the case of minors, it said, healthcare is provided only following the consent of the parents or guardian.

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