Three days, two hospitals, one doctor’s surgery, an ambulance trip.
That’s what it took until someone would take Nicole Thompson seriously.
But by the time they did, it was too late.
Malakai Matui Paraone died in Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday. Via GoFundMe.
The distraught young mother of two is now demanding answers after two hospitals and a doctor’s surgery who sent her sick seven-month-old baby home dismissing his symptoms as ‘teething’ and a ‘virus’, missing the meningococcal symptoms that he died of just days later.
“If I was taken seriously by medical staff within the first three hospital visits my baby would be here now,” she said.
Malakai Matui Paraone died in Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday. But it had been a five day agonising fight to get his symptoms recognised.
Nicole Thompson and her partner, Keps Paraone, from Perth first noticed their baby son, Malakai was ill last Monday.
Nicole Thompson and her partner, Keps Paraone with Malaki and his brother. Via Facebook.
They took him to Midland Hospital with a fever, rash and restricted movement along the right side of his body. Despite their concerns however the staff at the hospital dismissed the little baby’s symptoms telling Nicole he was ‘teething’ and, she claims, laughing at her insistent questions.
When she pointed out to medical staff he was not moving the right side of his body they said that perhaps the seven-month-old had pulled his elbow.
The worried parents were sent home.
On Tuesday Malaki got sicker, so Nicole getting even more concerned, called an ambulance to rush him to Princess Margaret Hospital.
Upon arrival the baby’s heart rate was 190bpm. Aaccording to Nine News he was assessed on a change table in a bathroom because there were no beds available. He was given Nurofen to reduce his heart rate and then sent home with Panadol, again for ‘teething.’
Doctor kept telling her he had teething problems. Via Facebook.
But again the next day, Wednesday Malaki wasn’t improving. So Nicole took him to their GP, her mother’s instinct saying there had to be another answer but again, she was sent home, the GP saying it was just a virus.