When nine-year-old Leila Baartse-Harkin fell off a swing in September last year her parents couldn’t have imagined the tragedy that awaited them.
Leila’s Adelaide Hills parents took her to hospital for the abdominal complaints and vomiting she was suffering on September 29 2015, but she was later discharged.
Two days later their daughter died, of what an autopsy revealed was peritonitis due to a perforated small bowel.
Now, doctors, her family and the courts are trying to find out what went wrong.
At an inquest into her death, which began last year, the court has today heard that a junior doctor who treated Leila believed her condition worsened after she was released from hospital, The Adelaide Advertiser reports.