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Baby boy dies just days after being sent home from two different hospitals.

Nicole Thompson, says her seven-month-old had joint pains, fever, a rash and couldn’t move the right side of his body when she took him to Midland Hospital in Perth’s east.

She claims a nurse laughed at her when she asked if the symptoms could be connected, reports 7 NEWS.

Baby Malakai was given pain relief and sent home when she went to the hospital a week ago.

Just 24 hours later when his condition was not improving, Ms Thompson called an ambulance to take them to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

But the mother-of-two says she was again sent home. She was told he was suffering from an elbow problem and teething, and was given Panadol and Nurofen to reduce his heart rate down from 190bpm to 120bpm.

Ms Thompson said she took Malakai to her mother-in-law’s house the next night and just hours later received a call to get to PMH as quickly as possible.

The seven-month-old was turning purple, he was put on life support but died the next day.

“Not one medical staff member over the three days I took him in thought they should keep my seven-month-old in for observation,” she said.

“If I was taken seriously by medical staff within the first three hospital visits my baby would be here now.

“I have to say goodbye to him this week. I never ever want another child or parent to go through what I have in this last week.”
The death will now be investigated by the coroner.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

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  • The baby could have had blood tests and they would given some idea what the problem was. The baby’s blood pressure should have been montiored for longer to ensure it didn’t go up again. I would think such high blood pressure in a baby could be life thretening.

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  • Such a tragedy – this sort of thing just shouldn’t happen. When will hospital staff realise that mother’s usually know their own babies foibles and do more than just fob us off.

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  • Oh my heart breaks for this poor child and family.
    This should not happen ..one relies on the advice of doctors and hospital staff but so many times they are just not getting it right.

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  • A Mother knows when something is wrong with their child. How dare that nurse laugh at her. I work in a hospital, admittedly I’m not a nurse, but no-one has ever laughed at anyone even a drunk person. That nurse needs to be pulled over the coals for her attitude. Whether you think a parent is right or wrong, you should still listen to them. I’m so sorry for this family’s loss.

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  • Bless this family !! How tragic that this costed the boys life, something that never can be repaid…
    No matter what the symptoms and complaints are, a hospital should take each and every person/life serious !

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  • Hospitals should be accountable for so much, this poor mother has to bury her baby and all the nurse could do was laugh at her suggestions! Why isn’t this nurse been questioned for the way she carried on? Look what’s happened at Bankstown Hospital and now Royal North Shore what is happening to our medical system? How many more babies have to die before something is done about it?

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  • Nooooo. This mother did all the right things for her child based on her gut instincts and the medical professional let her, her baby and her family down terribly. This should never have happened.

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  • This is just heartbreaking and tragic. I am sorry to hear about this.

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  • Sadly, I can completely believe in the incompetence and callousness of the medical staff.

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  • Oh my goodness. How sad. I hope there is a full investigation done.
    My thoughts are with the family

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  • This is tragic.

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  • No one can bring little Malakai back, but someone needs to be accountable for his death. The medical staff were clearly negligent in this case. My deepest condolences to the family.

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  • This is terrible. Why nobody gave that little boy the attention he deserved?

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  • when will they stop fobbing off worried parents!

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  • Poor family. It’s so concerning that hospitals don’t take parents seriously these days. There’s too many cases like these. I can’t being to fathom what they are going through. So sad.

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