Perth Hospital Wrong Diagnosis Kills Baby? Parents Vow to Fight Back

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The parents who happily took their baby boy home after his treatment at a Perth hospital have questioned the hospital authorities and medical experts after the sudden death of their kid.

Seven-month-old Malakai Matui Paraone was discharged from two hospitals after wrong diagnosis and treatment. He also underwent a doctor’s surgery before being sent home. The boy took his last breath on Friday in Princess Margaret Hospital.

The parents reported the fever of the child accompanied by rashes and stiff movement of the right side of his body to the Midland Hospital last Monday. Mother Nicole Thompson told a reputed media outlet that the doctors said the baby was teething and there was nothing serious but a pulled elbow that made his movement stiff. She also claimed that the hospital staff members were laughing when she asked if the signs could be identified properly.

The parents were sent home after the doctors said the baby was not critical. By Tuesday, the condition of the baby worsened and he began vomiting. The parents took him to Princess Margaret Hospital. There, he was also examined but was again sent home with panadol. On Wednesday, the parents took their son to a Rockingham doctor where she was diagnosed with a virus. However, the doctor said that the situation was out of control and nothing could be done about it.

Although losing hope, the parents paid a third visit to the Princess Margaret Hospital on Thursday, where the experts realized that the baby boy was at his last stage of life. Thompson said the doctors stated Malakai was suffering from meningococcal. He was instantly put to life support system but he began turning purple. He died on Friday.

Perth Now reported that the couple has decided to get an answer from the hospital authorities. They slammed the two hospitals. “Three days I tried to get him help — three days, two hospitals, one doctor’s surgery, an ambulance trip,” Thompson told 9News. “If they had done their job properly, my son would still be here. I really do feel like going to that Midland hospital and saying ‘You know how you laughed at me for asking those questions? Well, my son passed away.”

Both Perth hospital authorities said that they can’t comment on individual cases, and hence,will leave the matter to a coroner who will investigate the whole issue.

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