TRAGIC MOTHER WAS SENT HOME
A MOTHER readmitted to hospital only five days after being discharged died after receiving ‘conservative’ treatment for a life-threatening illness, an inquest heard.
Donna Maben, 33, was discharged three days after being admitted with a blockage in her bowel which was causing severe sickness and diarrhoea.
When the symptoms failed to improve, she had to be readmitted.
The inquest at Ashford, Kent, heard that doctors then ‘missed opportunities’ and it was only when she collapsed that she had surgery – two weeks after first being admitted. She died five days later from blood poisoning.
In a narrative verdict, Coroner Rachel Redman said there had been ‘an over-reliance on a conservative approach’ to treatment.
Donna and baby son Travis