A TODDLER died of dehydration after a doctor failed to carry out basic checks, an inquest heard.
Little Mylee Ward, aged three, would have survived if she had been given fluids and examined properly, a coroner has ruled.
The tot was rushed to hospital by a paramedic after not eating or drinking much for three days.
She was laid across two chairs instead of a trolley, and examined by A&E doctor Mushfikur Rahman, who failed to carry out basic blood or urine tests.
Dr Rahman then sent Mylee home at 1am with antibiotics.
Concerned parents Terrina-Ann Laughton and Kevin Ward described how their daughter – normally ‘giggly and happy’ – was being sick and off her food.
Mylee suffered from a rare brain disorder which meant her development was delayed and she was unable to speak.
Her worried parents called an ambulance, but at Chesterfield Hospital Dr Rahman ‘failed to carry out basic bedside tests’, said coroner Robert Hunter.
He added: “Had she been admitted and fluids given, on balance she would have survived.”
Mylee was sent home, but the next day Terrina-Ann found her daughter unconscious in her play pen.
The child was pronounced dead on March 11, 2012.
Dr Hunter recorded a verdict that Mylee died due to dehydration, contributed to by neglect.
Afterwards Mylee’s family, from Old Whittington, said they would ‘grieve for her all over again’, adding: “We hope the coroner’s comments will be taken on board by the trust and no-one has to lose a child in such terrible circumstances.”
The family is considering legal action.
In a statement, Chesterfield Hospital said: “Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with Mylee’s parents at what remains a difficult time for them.
“We pass on our sincere and unreserved apologies that aspects of the care and treatment their daughter received were poor.”
The hospital said its failings were ‘clearly not acceptable’ and that changes have been made since the tragedy, including providing extra medication and more advice for parents. Two new consultants have been appointed.