The 5-year-old boy died after being sent home because the hospital had “no beds”.

Family says boy died from lack of beds at Yusuf Mahmud Nazir hospital

Yusuf Mahmud Nazir died after his family were told there were not enough beds at Rotherham Hospital (Image: PA)

The family of a five-year-old boy who died after a hospital told the issue there were “no beds” say he could have been saved if staff had listened to them.

Yusuf Mahmud Nazir’s uncle, Zaheer Ahmed, said he “begged” staff at Rotherham General Hospital to treat his nephew’s sore throat.

Mr Ahmed said he had “begged and begged” for his nephew to be taken to hospital but was told “there are no beds and not enough doctors”.

Yusuf died of pneumonia on Monday. It is reported that an infection had spread to his lungs and caused multiple organ failures, resulting in multiple cardiac arrests.

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has launched an inquiry into Yusuf’s care.

He had complained of a sore throat on November 13, and his parents took him to their GP, who prescribed antibiotics.

They drove him to the emergency room at Rotherham General Hospital the next day when his condition was not improving.

Family says boy died from lack of beds at Zaheer Ahmed Yusuf Mahmud Nazir hospital

His uncle said if the hospital staff had listened to them, Yusuf could have survived (Image: BBC)

Family says boy died from lack of beds at Yusuf Mahmud Nazir hospital

Yusuf, 5, is celebrating his birthday (Image: PA)

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The family waited hours for Yusuf to be seen, but he was sent home despite the doctor treating him saying “it was the worst case of tonsillitis he had ever seen,” according to Mr Ahmed.

The boy was distraught, struggling to breathe and unable to swallow, his family says.

Yusuf’s condition worsened while he was at home and his parents called an ambulance and insisted he be taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Mr Ahmed told Sky News: “If they had treated him where we wanted him to be treated, he would be here with us now.

“He would have played here as he was. We lost a beautiful child…it’s not his fault. We asked and asked and asked for help. We couldn’t get it.

“We just didn’t get the help that we wanted or needed or should have gotten.

“They kept saying to us, they kept saying to us, ‘We have a doctor. What should we do? We don’t have any beds available.

“What should we do? We have no place for him. What should we do?

“Complain to the big guys, don’t complain to us. Complain to the big ones who only gave us a doctor.’

dr Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive of Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust offered his condolences to Yusuf’s family, adding: “We have launched a thorough investigation into Yusuf’s care which will include a link to Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Family says boy died from lack of beds at Yusuf Mahmud Nazir hospital

Rotherham Hospital, where Yusuf’s family were told there were no vacant beds (Image: Google)

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“We have contacted the family and will continue to do so as part of the investigation.

“I would like to reassure families that we have an adequately staffed children’s medical service to assist our medical colleagues who work at our urgent care center when needed.

“Like other general district hospitals in the South Yorkshire region, we do not provide pediatric intensive care beds.

“The Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist trust providing pediatric intensive care beds.”

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “All children deserve the highest level of care and we are taking urgent action to ensure no families experience this type of tragedy.”

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