Girl, 6, died from meningitis after a three-and-a-half hour delay in treatment when a doctor dismissed her rash as ‘just a bruise’, damning report reveals

A six-year-old girl died from meningitis after nearly a two-hour wait to see a doctor who then dismissed her rash as ‘just a bruise’.

Layla-Rose Ermenekli had what was later described as one of the ‘worst cases of meningitis’ doctors had ever seen.

She was rushed to A&E at the Royal Oldham Hospital by her mother Kirsty with a high temperature, headache and stomach ache. 

When she finally was seen, a rash – a tell-tale sign of the deadly infection that can kill in hours – was spotted on her hip, but the doctor did not make a written note nor speak to her mother about it.

Layla-Rose was diagnosed with a ‘viral illness’ and Kirsty, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was told her daughter was fit to go home.

Staff had a u-turn and she was kept in, but within 12 hours, her heart stopped beating and she passed away from meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia.

A damning internal report by the hospital has now revealed there were ‘missed opportunities’ to accurately diagnose her which lead to a fateful three-and-a-half-hour delay in treatment.

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