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Death of Blackburn baby was 'unavoidable'
3:00pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A BLACKBURN couple were left devastated after their baby girl died ‘suddenly and unpredictably’ from a severe infection.
Little Alyssia St Pierre Roberts, aged just 14 months, was a healthy and well-grown baby until she fell ill in June this year, an inquest at King George’s Hall in Blackburn heard yesterday.
After Alyssia failed to recover from a cough, temperature and loss of appetite at the family’s Rye Gardens home, parents Simon and Adele took her to the Royal Blackburn Hospital on the morning of June 17, the inquest heard. Despite being transferred to a children’s ward and given antibiotics, her condition worsened and she later died.
After conducting a post-mortem exam Dr Melanie Newbould, a consultant paediatric pathologist at Manchester Children's Hospital, said bacteria had most likely caused her to develop pneumonia and meningoencephalitis.
She said it was impossible to guard against bacteria ‘in the community’, and Alyssia’s parents could not have done anything to foresee the illness.
She added: “There are still some bacteria which are present in the community which for some people will cause a devastatingly severe infection. Most people don’t get this kind of reaction to an infection. They would have no way of predicting this was going to happen.”
Coroner Michael Singleton said: “It seems remarkable doesn’t it, that this is capable of happening to anybody – that nothing it seems could have been done that would have brought about any change in the events.”
He recorded a verdict of natural causes.
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