Mum died af­ter re­fus­ing an­tibi­otics

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

A BREAST­FEED­ING mum died days af­ter re­fus­ing to take an­tibi­otics for her se­vere ear­ache be­cause she feared they could harm her three-month-old baby.

Col­lege lec­turer Rhi­anne Statombar­nett, 30, was found un­con­scious at her home with her son cry­ing be­side her.

She was taken to hospi­tal where doc­tors dis­cov­ered she had de­vel­oped the rare ear in­fec­tion mas­toidi­tis that pro­gressed to menin­gi­tis. She died shortly af­ter­wards. Days ear­lier Rhi­anne of Wilm­slow, Cheshire had told GP Matthew Jones she had an un­bear­able ear­ache and headache.

He told her in­quest in Manch­ester: “There was no ev­i­dence of mas­toidi­tis at the time. I did sug­gest an­tibi­otics but Rhi­anne re­fused and ex­plained she did not want this to af­fect her whilst she was breast­feed­ing.” Ver­dict: Nat­u­ral causes.

TRAGIC Lec­turer Rhi­anne

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