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NHS failings led to boy's death

DEATH:Obed-Edom Bans

A TODDLER died from meningitis three days after he was refused a doctor’s appointment, an NHS inquiry found.

Despite having an emergency card as a sickle cell sufferer, three-year-old Obed-Edom Bans was turned away with just Calpol and antibiotics.

Obed’s condition deteriorated last October and he was taken to St. George’s Hospital in Tooting where he died from meningitis three days later.

According to a Daily Mirror report, his mother said: “His temperature was very high. It was obvious something was wrong. They could have saved him. Obed loved everybody and everybody loved him.”

The NHS report said: 'If the child had been seen by a doctor he may have been referred immediately to hospital as he had sickle cell disease and a sudden onset of fever. Nurse M didn’t take an appropriate history or access relevant information about existing illness.'

The newspaper report says that the nurse involved has been ordered to undertake extra training and supervision but has not sacked, which prompted the little boy’s father, Kwadwo Danquah to say: “The nurse never asked questions. She should be fired.”

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