Coroner rules Sheffield schoolgirl's sudden death was due to 'natural causes'

A ‘wonderful’ ‘polite’ and ‘happy’ schoolgirl died from natural causes, a coroner has ruled.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 9:20 am

Maryam Mohamed fell ill at home in the early hours of October 13, 2018, and was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital hospital by ambulance.

The 15-year-old was pronounced dead a short time later – just two days before her 16th birthday.

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King Edward VII Upper School.

During an inquest at Sheffield's Medico Legal Centre, coroner Katy Dickinson heard that the year ten pupil at King Edward VII School saw her GP in the months leading up to her death complaining of a constant, dull chest ache, and pain when breathing.

She was also admitted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital twice.

She was discharged after being prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs. She was also given a slip that would enable her to be referred directly back to the hospital if necessary.

Sheffield Coroner's Court, where the inquest was held

Fatima Mohammed, Mayam’s mum, asked at the inquest why medics failed to diagnose a pulmonary embolism, after it was queried by her GP.

Dr Noreen West, the consultant paediatrician who had seen Maryam, told the inquest: “It is fair to say that that pulmonary embolism is very difficult to diagnose in children.”

Consultant paediatric pathologist Dr Nadia Burgess told the inquest that a blood clot had been identified post mortem.

Maryam’s death was ruled as natural causes when the inquest concluded yesterday (February 6).