A mother has shared how her daughter was sent home from the emergency room and diagnosed with a breast infection hours before she died.
Leanne Haswell, 28, developed a fatal pulmonary embolism – a blocked blood vessel in a lung – which was missed by doctors at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
They sent her home – but twenty-four hours later she was back and in pain.
By the time it was identified and she was treated in hospital, it was too late and she died after suffering cardiac arrest.
In the months since, hospital bosses have admitted that more could have been done.
Now her mother, Lesley, is fighting to ensure other families don’t experience the same trauma her daughter suffered.
She is being represented by medical negligence law firm Hay and Kilner as she seeks redress for what happened.
The South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Trust said it took “immediate action” to prevent a repeat of the death in February 2021.
Lesley told ChronicleLive: “It’s absolutely devastating. It was devilish for us and it shouldn’t have happened. I would hate, hate if another family had to go through this.
“Leanne had so many friends – she just did what girls do at that age. She was hanging out with her buddies on the weekends and was very close to her sister Sam.”
Lesley said her daughter was “so popular” and recalled how much she loved trips to Disneyland in Florida as a child.
“She was such a lovely, positive girl. She was very bright and passed all her GCSEs in school – and even took an interest in technology,” she said.
Lesley explained that growing up, Leanne took a number of beauty classes and loved helping her friends beautify.
On June 9 of this year, Karin Welsh, Sunderland’s Deputy Medical Examiner, ruled: “Proper examination and treatment on February 6, 2021 would have prevented the death.”
On February 6, Leanne went to the hospital emergency room complaining of chest pains for the second time in a week.
Although an EKG test was performed, doctors sent her home and the next day – by the time she developed more symptoms – it was too late to save her.
Michael Scobie, an attorney with the law firm Hay and Kilner, acting for Lesley Haswell, said: “Leanne’s family remains devastated by this tragic and needless loss of life.
“The only hope now is that the Trust learns from events and takes steps to prevent it from happening to anyone else.”
dr Paul McAndrew, Deputy Medical Director of the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, which heads Sunderland Royal, said: “Our sincere apologies and condolences go out to Leanne’s family at this incredibly difficult time.
“We fully accept that opportunities were missed to recognize the seriousness of Leanne’s condition and took immediate action to learn from it and prevent a recurrence.
“While we know there is nothing that can ease the pain of losing Leanne, we hope that by recognizing the work we have done and the learning we have shared through the coroner is reassured.”
https://www.the-sun.com/health/5587512/daughter-sent-home-hours-before-death/ My daughter was sent home from the ER hours before she died – I would hate, hate if any other family had to go through that