Parents to sue NHS over death of baby

Leah was originally taken to St John's Hospital. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Leah was originally taken to St John's Hospital. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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THE parents of a baby who died of meningitis after being sent home from hospital with Calpol are to sue NHS Lothian.

Tanya Yeats, 23, and Robert Carroll, 22, from East Calder, claim their five-month-old daughter Leah died because doctors failed to spot telltale signs of the lethal brain bug.

The couple rushed Leah to St John’s Hospital, Livingston, after she fell ill with a rash and high temperature in January.

But they were given infant paracetamol Calpol and sent home.

Four hours later they had to return to the hospital and Leah was rushed to Edinburgh’s Sick Kids hospital, but her condition worsened and she died in her mother’s arms just 12 hours after she was first seen.

Ms Yeats said: “My child was left to go home to die because they didn’t find out what was wrong.

“I get so angry seeing her grave – she shouldn’t be there.

“If I’d not taken her to hospital I’d be the one in trouble for negligence. I’d have 101 questions to answer. They should answer for it now.”

The couple have lodged an official complaint with NHS Lothian and instructed solicitors to launch a lawsuit.