The tragic case of a four-year-old boy who died just days after a routine operation to have his tonsils removed left parents asking if the procedure is safe. This week an inquest into the death of Logan Solheim heard he was admitted to Wirral’s Arrowe Park hospital for the operation after repeated bouts of tonsilitis. The operation - known as a tonsillectomy - went ahead as normal and he was discharged home to Bebington after appearing to show no ill-effects. But only a day after undergoing surgery, Logan started vomiting blood, leaving his airways blocked. As ambulance crews fought to save his life, he suffered two heart attacks and died at Alder Hey Children's Hospital just two days later. Healthy four-year-old died just days after having his tonsils out At the inquest, medical experts said Logan's catastrophic bleeding was an extremely rare, but not unknown, consequence of having a tonsillectomy. Recording a narrative conclusion, Coroner Anita Bhardwaj said: “All … [Read more...] about Is it safe for your child to have their tonsils out?
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A British toddler has suffered a stroke at the start of a family holiday in Portugal. The three-year-old had been suffering with tonsillitis when she took for a family trip to Albufeira. But Holly Alcock became poorly almost as soon as she first arrived on the holiday . Her worried parents, Gemma and Mark, took her to a local hospital after she became sick and lethargic. The Stoke Sentinal reports that it was there that Holly suffered a stroke and was airlifted to Lisbon for specialist treatment. She is now undergoing further tests as Gemma and Mark remain at her bedside two weeks after they arrived in Portugal on June 4. Mum Gemma, 34, from Stafford, Staffordshire, said: “We were going on our first family holiday to Portugal. "But before we flew out we took Holly to see a doctor because she had tonsillitis. "It was the viral kind and the doctor gave her some antibiotics, just because we were going away not because she would have needed them otherwise. “We got to … [Read more...] about British toddler with tonsillitis suffers stroke on first day of Portugal holiday
Warnings have been sounded over the need to plug a £14m gap in health spending in Stockton and Hartlepool . And the cost-cutting may have an impact on those who suffer with illnesses such as tonsillitis as health bosses attempt to save cash. The potential move was discussed at a meeting of Stockton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board as stark figures on the health funding prospects for both towns were delivered. Graeme Niven, chief finance officer for Hartlepool and Stockton CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), told councillors about the “efficiency programmes” in place to try and balance the its accounts. Mr Niven said: “Under this assumption the gap for Hartlepool and Stockton CCG is just under £14m - that means we have got to identify efficiencies of £14m to balance the books for 2018/19.” Hartlepool and Stockton CCG has a budget of £461m and if it spends any more, sanctions are imposed. Cllr Dianne Hewitt, who was present at the … [Read more...] about Tonsillitis sufferers could suffer as £14m black hole bites
An eight-year-old boy died hours after he was sent home from hospital after medics thought he had tonsillitis, an inquest heard. Callum Cartlidge was rushed to A&E after he went to his GP suffering from vomiting and dehydration. Days earlier he had been diagnosed with tonsillitis and given penicillin but his condition deteriorated and his blood sugar plummeted. On March 2 last year he was taken by ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital but was discharged at 11pm. But tragically, the next day he suffered a cardiac arrest at home. Callum was again taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital - 21 miles from his family's home in Redditch, Worcs. Paramedics rushed him to hospital in 23 minutes, but he died shortly after arriving. Callum actually lived 1.9 miles away from Alexandra Hospital in Redditch which had stopped taking paediatric emergencies because of a shortage of doctors. Worcestershire Coroner's Court heard Callum had been examined by a number of medics before his death but … [Read more...] about Boy, 8, dies from heart attack after hospital sends him home with tonsillitis
A toddler has died of lead poisoning after compulsive urges to eat painted woodwork. The unnamed two-year-old boy suffered from bizarre eating disorder pica, which causes sufferers to consume random objects with no nutritional value, such as sand, stones or pencils. Due to the rare condition, the young boy ate flakes of painted woodwork and suffered from lead poisoning, which killed him. Hospital tests showed his blood contained 73 times more lead than deemed safe, reports the Daily Mail. Poison experts from Leeds were called in to try and help the stricken two-year-old who had been vomiting for more than a week, but treatment failed and life support was eventually withdrawn. The boy had been admitted to his local A&E by his concerned parents, and although doctors had been warned about his tendency to eat paint flakes, tonsillitis was initially suspected. Published in the BMJ Case Reports, the boy's death has prompted calls for doctors to consider lead poisoning in children with … [Read more...] about Toddler dies after swallowing flakes of paint from woodwork at home