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.
Leila had jumped off a swing and fell on her stomach at Eastern Fleurieu School after-school care.
She was later complaining of stomach pains, vomiting and was unable to lie down as her ‘stomach was hurting’, according to her mum Edie Harkin.
Her parents took her to Strathalbyn Hospital, and from there she was sent to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Women’s and Children’s Hospital registrar Dr Amy McMellon sent Leila for x-rays, noting she had a rigid abdomen and an elevated heart rate, but said those scans did not indicate internal injuries.
The court heard Leila should have had a CT scan to test for a perforated bowel.
Dr McMellon told the court Leila appeared to be clinically improving and "was reporting that she had no more pain" after she was given two doses of pain medication and discharged.