A toddler died just hours after leaving A&E, where her parents were told to give her Calpol.
Hailey Thompson, 22 months, was diagnosed with a virus on December 18 at Wigan Infirmary.
It was one of the busiest Sundays at the hospital, and the department later declared a ‘critical incident’.
Hailey was discharged from the hospital with her parents, Kris Thompson, 32, and Iboyla Adam, 35, and told to give her fluids and paracetamol in the form of Calpol.
They discovered Hailey unresponsive in her bedroom early the next morning. Mr Thompson performed CPR until a paramedic arrived and took Hailey back to Wigan Infirmary.
Unfortunately, the toddler died. Her parents have now complained that doctors did not take Hailey’s case seriously enough.
‘We can’t believe we’ve lost our little girl,’ Mr Thompson said. It all happened so fast. ‘Something inside her took control of her.’
‘We want answers,’ he added. How can a healthy baby pass away while sleeping?
‘And why wasn’t she tested for Strep A, scarlet fever or Covid for instance?’ Hailey first had an appointment with a doctor on December 7 when she developed a cough and runny nose, and they prescribed antibiotics which were stopped after she experienced an allergic reaction.
After another appointment a week later, Mr Thompson and Ms Adam were told that Hailey needed Calpol instead of antibiotics because it was a viral infection.
However, the following day, December 18, Mr Thompson discovered his daughter panting in bed and called an ambulance, but was told there would be a two-hour wait and decided to take her straight to A&E.
However, Wigan Infirmary was having one of its busiest days ever, which resulted in the department later declaring a critical incident.
A doctor checked Hailey’s blood pressure but was unable to check her tonsils, so they told her family to go home, keep her hydrated, and keep giving her Calpol, and to bring her back to A&E if she hadn’t improved in three days.
However, she was discovered unresponsive in her bed less than 24 hours later.
Police have passed the details on to the coroner, however a post-mortem examination cannot be carried out until December 28, leaving the couple facing a devastating wait for answers about Hailey’s death.
A spokesman for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘Our sincere condolences go out to Hailey’s family at this tragic time. We are aware of the family’s concerns and are awaiting further information to understand more.’