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Heartbroken parents issue statement after daughter, 11, dies after being misdiagnosed by A&E

Heartbroken parents issue statement after daughter, 11, dies after being misdiagnosed by A&E

Her parents said that since their daughter's death their days 'have been filled with distress, emptiness and sorrow'

The parents of an 11-year-old schoolgirl who died after doctors diagnosed her with constipation and sent her home have spoken out about their grief.

Annabel Greenhalgh was taken to A&E at Warwick Hospital on 13 October, 2022 after she complained of stomach pain.

Despite having suffered from previous episodes of abdominal pain between 2017 and 2021 and requiring hospital treatment on multiple occasions, A&E doctors sent Annabel home, believing it to be constipation.

11-year-old Annabel Greenhalgh died the day after doctors diagnosed her with constipation and sent her home. (SWNS)
11-year-old Annabel Greenhalgh died the day after doctors diagnosed her with constipation and sent her home. (SWNS)

However, her dad found her unresponsive at home the next morning .

Paramedics attended the family home but pronounced her dead at the scene after being unable to resuscitate her.

An inquest into Annabel's death will begin tomorrow (14 June) at Coventry Coroners' Court. Ahead of the inquest, her parents have shared a statement.

Her mother, Josie, said: "Annabel was an incredible child and loved by all who met her. She was gentle, phenomenally bright, creative, fun and always inclusive of everyone.

"She absolutely loved her music, her fashion, her art, her friends, and her beloved cat Reuben. She was our greatest gift and brought so much love, joy and happiness to our lives.

"Since losing her, much of our days have been filled with distress, emptiness and sorrow."

Annabel's father, Craig, added: "When we were told we could take Annabel home from hospital, we trusted that there was nothing serious going on.

"To wake up the next morning and find her unresponsive was absolutely devastating and something we still struggle to comprehend.

"Every day since then, we’ve wondered if more could have been done to save our little girl. She was our only child and we still have so many unanswered questions around what happened to her.

"We know that hearing everything again at the inquest will be incredibly difficult, but it’s something we need to do to honour our daughter and get the answers we’ve been seeking for more than 18 months.

An inquest into Annabel's death begins tomorrow (14 June). (SWNS)
An inquest into Annabel's death begins tomorrow (14 June). (SWNS)

"Since losing Annabel, there’s been a gaping hole in our lives and we wouldn’t wish what we’ve suffered on anyone. She had just started secondary school and had her whole life ahead of her. Words cannot truly express how much we miss her."

Investigating Annabel's death, the family have instructed medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to represent them in the case.

The family’s solicitor, Emma Rush, said: "Josie and Craig understandably remain devastated at losing their little girl so suddenly and tragically.

"They also continue to have a number of questions over what happened to her. While nothing can bring Annabel back, the inquest is a major milestone in being able to provide her family with the answers they deserve.

"If, during the course of the inquest any issues in the care provided to Annabel are identified, it’s vital that lessons are learned to improve patient safety."

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS