Young woman texted dying pictures while doctors ignored her

Young woman texted dying pictures while doctors ignored her

Milton Keynes : United Kingdom | Jul 31, 2010 at 2:44 AM PDT
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BON JOVI - Complicated - Milton Keynes June 10 2006

Jo Dowling, 25, texted her mother and best friend 40 messages, including pictures of a deadly rash spreads on her skin, The Sun reports.

Ms. Dowling was taken to hospital in Milton Keynes, England as she was suspected of contracting Meningitis when she had low blood pressure as well as a purple rash last November.

However, the doctors ignored GP's diagnosis and told her instead that she was ill due to Cystic Fibrosis. They even stopped the course of Penicillin she was getting due to her GP's diagnosis of her having Meningitis and let her on the observation ward.

A terrified Dowling then took pictures of her worsening condition and rash by using her mobile phone. Four hours after her last message, she died as fluid filled her lungs. A life was wasted when a dose of penicillin and antibiotic could have done the trick.

Sue Christie, Ms Dowling's mother claimed that their doctor knew that her daughter had Meningitis but when they went to the hospital, all treatment and care just stopped.

The family accused the hospital of negligence after an inquest at Milton Keynes Coroners' Court was told that doctors failed to realize that she was suffering from "blood poisoning shock". Deputy Coroner Tom Osbourne criticised the hospital for"communication breakdown" that had inadvertently led to Ms Dowling's death. He has concluded that Ms Dowling has died due to a combination of Meningococcal Septicaemia and Cystic Fibrosis.

Dowling's mother feels that the hospital was to be blamed for their inability to cure her daughter. To her, her developing rash was very obvious and to not notice them was impossible. " She wasn't given a chance and was left to die without being given any treatment."

Milton Keynes Hospital's spokesman said that the Trust fully accepts the results of the inquest.

Yi Ming Lai is based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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