GP dismissed baby's symptoms as stomach bug hours before she died of ...

A doctor dismissed a ten-month old baby's symptoms as a stomach bug just hours before she died of septicaemia caused by meningitis, an inquest heard. 

Lily Teale was rushed to a doctor's surgery after suffering a high fever, bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea on November 22, 2017.

A GP diagnosed her with gastroenteritis - a common stomach infection - and advised her mother Rebakah Watson to continue administering Calpol, the Doncaster inquest heard. 

But just hours later, Lily was rushed to hospital after her lips turned blue and she became unresponsive.  She tragically died at Doncaster Royal Infirmary that night.

Post-mortem examinations revealed she had meningococcal meningitis W which caused septicaemia, her official cause of death. 

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Ms Watson has since called for the age at which the MenACWY vaccine - which protects against the type of meningitis Lily had - is given to be lowered to prevent similar deaths. 

Lily Teale was rushed to a doctor's surgery after suffering a high fever, bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea on November 22, 2017

Lily Teale was rushed to a doctor's surgery after suffering a high fever, bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea on November 22, 2017

An inquest into her death today heard Lily had suffered from tonsillitis a month before her death but had generally been fit and well.

Ms Watson told Doncaster Civic Chamber that on November 21, after seeming 'completely fine' all day, Lily woke up screaming and she recorded a temperature of around 39.4.

Ms Watson said: 'I first became aware something was wrong in the early hours of the morning, she woke me up screaming.'

Asked by the coroner if this was unusual for Lily, Ms Watson said yes.

She added: 'She felt boiling hot. She vomited in the spare bedroom after I got her out of the cot.

'I rang 111 and explained what happened and how high her temperature was. They advised she needed to be seen within 12 hours by a GP.

'Lily was shaking, her body was vibrating. I had not seen her like that before.

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'It was like she was hot but freezing, like when you're cold and you're shaking, but she was red hot. I could see her shaking, her lip was trembling.

'I was trying to keep her awake and she was falling asleep.'

Ms Watson told the inquest she did not see any lumps, bumps or rashes on Lily's body at this point and was advised to make a GP appointment the next

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