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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The M42 was closed yesterday afternoon following a crash involving a coach and seven cars.
The incident occurred on the M42 Northbound, junction 6, Hampton in Arden at around 4.25pm. Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Trusts CARE Team with a doctor, attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a coach and seven cars that are believed to have been in a collision.
“The 24 people on the coach, included the driver, were found to be shook up but uninjured.
“One man travelling in a car was also uninjured.
“Twelve other people suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene. All twelve were discharged at the scene by paramedics and the Doctor.
“One man, the driver of a car, and believed to be in his 60’s, suffered neck and back injuries. He received emergency treatment at the scene and was extricated with the help of the fire service. This took around 40 minutes.
“The man was transferred by land ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.
“Due to the number of vehicles involved and number of people who were out of vehicles on the motorway, it was closed for a short time for everyone’s safety.”
POLICE have released sickening CCTV images showing a cowardly thug repeatedly stamping on the head of a teenager as he lay unconscious on the floor – and are appealing for information to catch his attacker.
Cameras in Birmingham’s Broad Street recorded the 18-year-old being floored with a punch before the man – believed to be a light-skinned mixed-race male in his early 20s – stamps up to 10 times on the back of his head and neck.
It was feared initially the victim, an apprentice engineer, may lose the sight in one eye as a result of the savage assault – thankfully his vision returned but he suffered nasty facial injuries and lost several teeth.
West Midlands Police has deemed the moving footage too shocking to release publically – but the force has issued a still image of the attack and another clearly showing the attacker.
The incident took place just before 4am on the morning of Sunday September 9 near Revolution bar in Broad Street.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Sarah McDonnell, said: “The victim was a totally innocent party: he got caught up in an incident and was understandably unhappy at being shoved to the ground. He approached the aggressor and was then punched to the floor and repeatedly stamped upon.
“He was lying prone, face down on the floor, and unable to defend himself…it is the most cowardly, sickening attack I’ve ever seen and I’d urge anyone who recognises the offender or any of his friends shown on CCTV to contact us.
“The attacker, who was having an altercation with another group moments earlier, is seen on camera seemingly trying to justify his actions to some of the throng of people who gathered at the scene before he nonchalantly slopes off.
“Many people witnessed the attack and I’d also ask them to come forward and report what they saw; they could hold important information. The offender hangs around for up to a minute after the attack, along with his friends; there’s a chance one may have referred to the offender by name and if so we’d like to know.”
The main aggressor is described as a light-skinned male in his late teens or early 20s, just over 6ft tall, skinny build with wide shoulders and a shaved head. He was wearing a cap which he handed to a friend before the attack.
DC McDonnell added: “Thankfully the victim is recovering in hospital but the severity of the attack, the repeated and furious stamping on his head, meant we could have been looking at a murder enquiry.
“We have very clear CCTV images of the offender and also the males who were with him on the night…I’d urge them to make contact with police.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC McDonnell at West Midlands Police Force CID on the 101 number or alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.