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Father: Doctors 'Failed' Girl Who Died Of TB
The father of a 15-year-old girl who died of tuberculosis has told her inquest how he called her GP "more than fifty times" and took her to four hospitals - but her condition wasn't diagnosed.
Birmingham Coroner's Court heard how Alina Sarag had already tested positive for TB in 2009 when another child at her school got the disease.
She was given antibiotics and her father, Sultan, said he was told she had 'dormant TB'.
But in August 2010, after returning from a holiday in Pakistan, Alina fell ill.
Mr Sarag said a GP diagnosed her with 'travellers' diarrhoea' but three days later she was no better and was referred to Heartlands Hospital for blood, urine and pregnancy tests.
Her father was in tears as the coroner read out his statement.
Mr Sarag described how Alina's condition deteriorated over four and a half months.
He said she was vomiting up to 10 times a day, had to be carried to bed and "was like an old woman with weak legs."
She lost weight and at one point asked for baby food as it was all she could tolerate, he said. "It was like having a new born baby," he added.
Despite numerous visits to Alina's GP, and making more than 50 phone calls to their reception - sometimes up to three times a day - Mr Sarag said his calls were never returned.
He said that as well as Heartlands Hospital, Alina was either referred to, or he took her to, Birmingham City Hospital, Birmingham Children's Hospital and Sandwell Hospital in the Black Country.
He said he made various healthcare professionals aware of her previous positive TB test.
Mr Sarag said he was told on different occasions that Alina had a chest infection, a viral infection, and her GP suggested she might be "lovesick' for a boy she had met in Pakistan.
He was also told she was worried her father, who is separated from her mother, might leave and that her illness was "in her head", and she was doing it for her father's "affection and attention".
Mr Sarag said the GP told him: "If you're not happy with me, go and find another doctor".
In January 2011, Alina had trouble breathing, her father called 999 and Alina was taken to hospital where she suffered a cardiac arrest and died.
A post mortem examination showed she had died of TB.
Mr Sarag said Alina had been "bubbly and outgoing", had lots of friends and that the family had been "devastated" by her death.
The inquest is expected to hear from 20 witnesses and last around six days.
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what do you think?
This is a total disgrace
We must, of course, not forget all the accurate diagnoses performed by the medical professions. Having said that, the kind of behaviour portrayed in this article, I have read very many times, since starting to read the news each day in 1980. If you asked me how many times I've read of such a story, it would be, probably every month since then. I don't know the precise figures but, I've read stories like this a lot.
adrian in this day and age a relatively common and simple disease such as tb should have been diagnosed and how as many drs missed it is nothing short of negligence
Don't forget that at one time tb was eradicated in the UK.Immigration has bought it back
what possible excuse can these doctors give for failing to diagnose this poor girls illness.its utterley disgracefull in this day and age. unfortunately mis diagnosis is becoming more and more common. my heart goes out to the parents who will have to live the rest of their lives knowing that their daughters death could and indeed should have been prevented
This is disgraceful, but all too common. My wife was diagnosed with "stress" and was told to go home and chill out after she went to the doctor in desperation with severe pains in her head and neck. Less than a fortnight later she collapsed with a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm in an artery in her brain. She was extremely fortunate to survive. Just three months previously that same doctor had misdiagnosed our neighbour with exactly the same condition and it was fortunate for her that a second opinion revealed her aneurysms in time to save her. A young relative was told the lump in her stomach was a hernia - she is actually pregnant! What is going on? It seems these days if it can't be diagnosed with a blood sample then it can't be diagnosed at all.
This is outrageous and so terribly distressing for the family. I hope these people will sit up and listen now, albeit too late for this family. I have been ill for over 5 years and have been told its stress or that I have been investigated, what more do I want???? The other line I have had is "Well if you were over 50 we would be worried with your symptoms"...... I just gave up in the end and carry on as best I can lol ..... I reckoned after 5 years of what were symptoms of bowel cancer if I am still here it cant be that bad just difficult to work around .....
Thats awful, brian, glad she pulled through, frightening tho, isn,t it? :-/
totaly disgraceful poor girl and her father doing all he possibly could no one listned ,all these doctors thinking the are so clever and aloof , this case hopefully will bring them down to earth .
THE PROBLEM I SEE TODAY WITH SOME DOCTORS IS THEY CANT RECOGNISE THE CONDITION BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT SEEN IT BEFORE, THEY SHOULD BE TRAINED UP FOR THIS .
Disgraceful but all to common these days. A simple sputum test was used to diagnose my Father in law's TB infection.
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I believe from my own dreadful experience that it takes one doctor to disbelieve you. The rest just follow without doing a proper job, It simply comes down to arrogance and stupidity. That said while it took 10 doctors to call me a liar it took just one to save my life. If only that poor innocent girl could have met such a doctor. May they hang their heads in shame. and perhaps take up another job. The one they are doing is clearly too much for them.
Manslaughter at the very least.!!!!!!!
aww poor family the docters shud be sacked obvisly there not upto the job