Our daughter died from fatal blood clot just hours after doctor sent her home with antibiotics, say grieving parents
“He said it was either an infection or a blood clot and he was going to treat her for an infection”, mother claims
Shannon, 16, pictured at her school prom, died after part of a blood clot in her leg broke off and travelled to her chest
A happy and popular teenager who planned to train as a midwife at university has died from a blood clot – just 12 hours after she was sent home from an out-of-hours surgery.
Student Shannon Deakin, 16, went to an out-of-hours surgery at Barnsley Hospital after experiencing pain in her leg, which had reddened.
Her mother Sue said they waited one hour and twenty minutes to see the doctor, who then sent her away with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, even though he said it could possibly be a blood clot.
She was told to see her GP within 24hours if she was not any better and sent home with the tablets last Saturday morning but collapsed at home about 12 hours later.
Her father Bryan Deakin, 58, desperately tried to revive her before paramedics battled for an hour to save Shannonbut she died at Barnsley District Hospital in the early hours of Sunday.
A post mortem showed that Shannon died from a pulmonary embolism caused by a blood clot moving from her leg to her chest. Both parents are convinced the doctor could have done more to save their daughter.
Mother Sue, 43, said: “The doctor examined her and said her leg was red. He said it was either an infection or a blood clot and he was going to treat her for an infection.
“He gave us antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and said if it wasn’t better in 24 to 28 hours to make an appointment with our GP and ask for a scan.”
Mr Deakin said: “The problem with that out-of-hours surgery is that too many people use it when they couldgo to their ordinary doctor.
“It was full of people with sniffles and that doctor wanted us in and out. I thought it was supposed to be about emergency care. He did not care for my daughter.
Shannon continued to feel pain after she was sent home and later collapsed on the settee at the family home in Hoyland, South Yorkshire.
Mr Deakin said: “She wasn’t breathing I tried to give her the kiss of life while I was talking to the paramedics on the phone.
“I couldn’t believe it. it was years ago I did first aid training as a bingo hall manager. You never think you’ll have to use it on your own child.”
He added: “We loved her so much she could have had anything including our last breaths. She was our world.”
Shannon waited for an hour and 20 minutes at the out-of-hours surgery at Barnsley Hospital (pictured) on Saturday morning
His wife said Shannon had been complaining about her aching leg since Thursday but the family had no idea anything was seriously wrong until she collapsed.
She said: “She was my only daughter, my princess.”
Shannon, who went to Dearne Valley College, hoped to go to Sheffield Hallam University and become a midwife. She had recently finished a cadetship shadowing nurses.
Paul Townsley, principal of Dearne Valley College said: “Shannon had ambitions to work in the caring profession and became a popular member of her group. She will be missed by both peers and staff alike.”
She was also a huge fan of the boy band JLS and her parents have asked mourners to wear JLS teeshirts to the funeral next Friday.
Mrs Deakin said: “She almost lived on the JLS twitter site. She spent a lot of time on Facebook as well and the tributes people have put on there are overwhelming.”
She said her daughter was nothing like a typical moody teenager and had been so happy with life she had made a poster for her bedroom wall which read: “Most people complain about their life being rubbish but mine’s complete and perfect.”
Mrs Deakin added: “Her life was all planned out. She loved babies and kids and wanted to be a midwife since she was five. She even knew the car she wanted when she could afford it -a Mini Cooper.”
Tributes poured in for the youngster on the social network site Facebook.
Shannon’s college friend Amber Stephenson, 16, posted: “You are the most beautiful person I ever met and your smile could light up a room.
“You are a credit to yourmum and dad and just because you’ve gone doesn’t mean you will be forgotten.”
A spokesman for NHS Barnsley said: “Our deepest condolences are with family and friends at this time.
“Working closely with our local health partners including Barnsley’s out-of-hours service provider whichis based at the hospital we will undertake a full review of the circumstances leading to this tragic event.”
Her family is now considering whetherto take legal action against the Care UK out-of-hours surgery at Barnsley Hospital.