Girl, 4, dies of meningitis after hospital says it’s ‘bad cold’


A girl of four died from meningitis after doctors dismissed her symptoms as a cold, her mother has claimed.

Morgan Phelan was taken to A&E with a high temperature and a rash all over her body – signs of the deadly condition.

After her mother Gemma waited four hours due to a shortage of staff at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, the doctor who examined Morgan said she was suffering from a ‘bad cold’ and ordered her to go home.

The girl’s condition deteriorated at home but when Ms Phelan rang the hospital she was told her temperature ‘was not high enough’ to bring her in.

The following day, January 19, Morgan collapsed and was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she died. A week later the children’s ward at Good Hope Hospital was shut because of a lack of ‘appropriately qualified’ staff.

Ms Phelan, 22, said…

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