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Baby girl thought to have ‘tummy bug’ dies from bowel condition in QMC

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The devastated parents of a poorly baby girl who died from a bowel condition were led to think their daughter had a tummy bug in the days before her death, an inquest heard. Indie Winnie Moloney was seven months old when she died on July 23, 2021, at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

The main findings of a post mortem examination were in Indie’s abdomen where she had a very dilated colon and had developed double Intussusception. This involved parts of her colon sliding into each other.

The inquest heard how the parents of Indie tried to determine what was wrong with their cherished daughter in her final tragic days, reaching out to medics for help This began when a 999 call was made after she woke up screaming, was really pale, floppy and would not feed.

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At hospital, a nurse carried out observations, before she was examined by a doctor who touched her stomach to see if she was in pain.

“She was strangely awake,” said mum Sally Checkley at the inquest at Nottingham’s Council House on Tuesday, June 28. “She tried to grab one of the doctor’s pens and eat it. She wasn’t screaming. She was whinging”.

“He (the doctor) thought it was a tummy virus,” she added. “He said to give her some weak cordial, ice lollies, sugary lollies and to try to breast feed her if I could. If it got worse with her stools, to go back to accident and emergency or the GP”.

She returned home with a sleepy Indie. Most of that day she woke up screaming or whinging. Indie’s sick was more yellow and she had bloody diarrhea, alarming mum enough to ring 111 for advice. An appointment was made to visit a GP with NEMS, which provides out-of-hours emergency services to people in Nottinghamshire, and has a walk-in patient service at the QMC.

Mrs Checkley, of Eastwood, said, “they thought it was a tummy virus”, and she was asked again if anyone in the family had been ill suffering with tummy problems. Indie’s stomach was examined but her mum could not remember if her daughter responded to that.

The doctor thought it was gastroenteritis and gave her Dioralyte, with the advice of talking to the GP if she was not better by the Friday. Indie was whinging a lot on the Thursday and she sounded in pain.

By the Friday her mother went into her room early. Mum and dad actually thought she was on the mend. But by 4pm she was quite off colour, a bit more blue and they called 111.

Indie suddenly took a turn for the worse after that call. Mudher Al-Adnani, consultant paediatric pathologist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, said the symptoms of Intussusception were “non-specific”.

Samples from stools did not suggest Indie had an infectious cause for her symptoms. Scans would probably have made it possible to see baby’s dilated colon which would have prompted an investigation.

The inquest continues tomorrow (Wednesday, June 29).

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