Blood clot teenager from South Yorkshire was ‘sent home with tablets’

Shannon Deakin
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A SOUTH Yorkshire teenager died from a blood clot caused by deep vein thrombosis just hours after being sent home from an out-of-hours GP surgery with tablets, a court heard.

Student Shannon Deakin, aged 16, went to hospital with a pain in her leg and Dr Karim Mohammed gave her antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs at an out-of-hours surgery.

Friends and family of 16-year-old Shannon Deakin follow her coffin in to St Peter's Church.  Picture: Liz Mockler S0843LM

Friends and family of 16-year-old Shannon Deakin follow her coffin in to St Peter's Church. Picture: Liz Mockler S0843LM

The teenager was told to see her GP within 24 hours and ask for a scan if she was not any better.

She was sent home but collapsed about 12 hours later.

An ambulance was called and Shannon’s father Bryan, 58, tried along with paramedics to revive her.

They battled in vain for an hour to save Shannon but she died at Barnsley Hospital.

A post mortem examination showed Shannon had died from a pulmonary embolism caused by a blood clot moving from her leg to her chest.

Giving evidence at her inquest, pathologist Dr Mudher Al-Adnani said he had never seen such a clot before in one so young.

Susan Deakin, Shannon’s mother, told the Sheffield inquest Dr Mohammed had told her and Shannon the pain in her leg was ‘either an infection or a blood clot’ and he was going to treat her for an infection.

But the locum GP, who was working for the Care UK walk-in centre in Barnsley, said he fully explained the situation to Shannon and her mother and had ruled out deep vein thrombosis after the eight-minute consultation.

He said he thought the problem was cellulitis or muscular.

The court was told Shannon continued to feel pain and later collapsed on the settee at the family’s home in Croft Road, Hoyland, Barnsley.

The hearing was told she had been taking an oral contraceptive pill for acne but had come off it because of side effects.

An expert said there was a risk of thrombosis for one in five per 100,000 girls of Shannon’s age a year.

Shannon, who went to Dearne Valley College, hoped to go to Sheffield Hallam University and become a midwife.

She had recently completed a cadetship work-shadowing nurses.

NHS Barnsley undertook a full review following the tragedy in December last year.

Following her death her dad said: “She wasn’t breathing and I tried to give her the kiss of life while I was talking to the paramedics on the phone.

“I couldn’t believe it, it was years ago that I did first aid training as a bingo hall manager. 
“You never think you’ll have to use it on your own child.”

He added: ‘We loved her so much, she could have had anything including our last breaths. She was our world.”

Shannon was a huge fan of boyband JLS, and at her funeral her parents asked mourners to wear JLS T-shirts in her memory.

The inquest continues.