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Hospital review following teenager’s death

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

A review has been opened into the care received by a teenager at Redhill’s East Surrey Hospital after she died in August. 19-year-old Georgina Weaver was admitted to the hospital with complaints of severe headaches and blurred vision. Georgina’s parents are still waiting to hear the actual cause of their daughter’s death following delays in the post-mortem examination.

A specialist from the US believes that the condition Georgina was suffering with was Chiari. Chiari is a condition that causes the brain to press onto the spinal chord – a condition that could have been treated with surgery. Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust have started a review following the specialist’s findings.

“She may still be here”

The trust sent Georgina’s medical files to the founder of the International Chiari Association for review after the Medical Director, Des Holden, met Georgina’s parents. Georgina’s parents requested that everything should be done to uncover the true cause of their daughter’s death. Mr Holden said: “Once our investigation is complete, we would welcome another discussion with Georgina’s parents to go through our findings.

Mrs Weaver said that the family is still grieving and that the possibility of her death having been because of a curable condition only makes it harder. “If they found it early on, she may still be here” she said.  Mr and Mrs Weaver are still waiting to meet hospital chiefs and hear the findings of the review.

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