Tragic teenager could not have been saved

Aimee Garnett
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A teenage girl whose body went into shutdown after a stroke could not have been saved, a coroner has ruled.

Aimee Garnett, 18, suffered brain damage following the stroke brought on by an inflamed heart muscle and which led to cardiac and respiratory failure, Doncaster Coroner’s Court heard.

The court had heard that doctors at Doncaster Royal Infirmary had wanted to carry out MRI scans on Aimee of Lynden Avenue, Adwick - but were unable to do so because they were only carried out during the week and Aimee had been admitted at a weekend in October 2009.

Dr Rekha Ramanath told the court that she had wanted to scan the teenager as medics battled to save the girl.

“From a clinical point of view, I would have liked to have used it. It is better equipped to find smaller lesions than a CT scan,” she said.

However, because it was a weekend, the MRI scanner was not available outside 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

But assistant coroner Michael Mellun said there had been no evidence of neglect and said that even if symptoms had been spotted sooner, the outcome would have been the same.

He said: “The doctors have been open and truthful in their accounts. I find no evidence of gross failure in this case.”

Aimee had initially been admitted after complaining of flu like symptoms.

Dad Andrew said that swine flu had been at its height at the time and his daughter had displayed symptoms which had made him take her to the accident and emergency department at DRI.

She was admitted on October 24 but her condition rapidly deteriorated and she died on November 1

Concluding death by natural causes, Mr Mellun said: “If things had been known from the outset, the evidence suggests things would not have been different.”