William Cressey, a ten-year-old boy, succumbed to meningitis hours after the doctors misdiagnosed his condition as migraine.
The boy was discharged after prescribing Calpol for relieving the pain. The boy's mother reported he had pleaded with the doctors saying, "Please help me. Why won't you help me? If you don't help me, I am going to die. Please help me, I don't want to die."
AdvertisementMrs Cressey had suspected that her son was suffering from meningitis but the doctors refused to accept stating that the boy did not develop any rashes.
Christopher Kirby, one of the nurses who looked after the boy at Darlington Memorial Hospital, County Durham, appeared before a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing in London. Kirby admitted to errors in observation and in keeping the records.
The hearing would be continued soon.