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A Catalogue Of Blunders Led To The Hospital Death Of A 2 Year Old Girl Who Died Of The Flu According To An Inquest

Cristiana Banciu would have had a higher chance of surviving if the hospital she was in had paid more attention to her, according to a coroner.
The two-year-old died on 8 January 2020, a month shy of her third birthday, at Kings College Hospital in Denmark Hill, south London, where she had been sent after suffering a unusual response to the flu.
Cristiana had only been two days before, on January 6, at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Orpington, where an inquest at South London Coroners Court found she had been flagged as a patient of concern “many times.”
The Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust later reported that an inquiry showed a failure to adequately monitor Cristiana on the ward, a failure to notice her decreasing neurological status, and a failure to act and escalate on her low Glasgow Coma Score (GCS).
The GCS examines people based on three characteristics of responsiveness: eye-opening, motor, and verbal responses. It is used to describe the level of decreased consciousness in all types of acute illness and trauma patients.
Cristiana would have had a higher chance of surviving if she had been transferred to intensive care sooner, according to Assistant Coroner Jacqueline Devonish.
She went on to say that the failing to record Cristianas GCS was “very significant.”
“It appeared to me that there was a lack of attention and understanding that had directly contributed to this little girls death,” she said at the inquest, adding that she believed healthcare workers “failed to offer basic medical attention.”
She explained that these were “really basic neurological observations” that needed to be carried out and the results examined by a senior practitioner.
“That, in my opinion, is a colossal failure,” she said.
Ms Devonish, on the other hand, claims that the law does not support a finding of neglect because there is no evidence that Cristiana would have survived if she had received treatment sooner.
“Baby Cristiana died from a uncommon influenza reaction in conditions where the decline in her responsiveness, Glasgow Coma Score (GCS) of eight, and gradually sluggish pupils had not been recognized,” she concluded in her tale.
“Transfer to the paediatric intensive care unit was delayed as a result.”
“On the balance of probabilities, it’s impossible to say whether she would have lived if she had been transferred sooner,” Ms Devonish said. “But she would have had a better chance.”
“I’ve seen the picture of baby Cristiana on your T-shirt,” the coroner said, addressing the family.
Bancius’ parents described her as “the apple of our eye,” and said her untimely death had left them “beyond distraught.” Ms Devonish acknowledged that this was “an exceptionally tragic case,” but praised the family for recognizing “early on that there was something significantly wrong,” and said “it’s a pity that those treating her didnt not perceive that.”
“The tragic death of this happy, resilient, beautiful, bright little angel is simply painful for us all,” she said. Cristiana’s parents, Alexandru and Georgina, told the PA news agency after the inquest that losing their daughter “in such a horrific way has left us feeling like we have no reason to wake up in the morning.”
“She was the apple of our eye, and her untimely demise has left us heartbroken,” they added.
“We never imagined that by taking her to the hospital where she was born, we would never see her again,” said the family’s lawyer, Jodi Newton of Osbornes Law. “My clients world has broken apart since losing Cristiana, and they are striving to comprehend how she could have been failed so profoundly.”
Alexandru and Georgina claimed the doctors and nurses responsible should “face some type of justice,” because “our daughter would easily still be here today” if it hadn’t been for their mistakes.
“We need to know that this will never happen again because no family should ever have to go through what we have,” the couple concluded an emotional statement.
This report was made possible by PA.

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