United States

5-year-old girl dies after doctors dismiss appendicitis symptoms

A 5-year-old girl whose appendicitis was dismissed by doctors as a tummy bug said “Daddy, I love you” moments before her tragic death. An inquest heard Elspeth Moore told medics her stomach “felt on fire” but her parents were told she simply had a viral infection. They took her home – without being given advice on how to monitor her symptoms – and she tragically died in her bed several days later as her worried father lay next to her. Despite being diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis, Elspeth was actually suffering from appendicitis which developed into peritonitis and sepsis. The inquest heard Elspeth had been sent home from school on July 2 last year following a bout of diarrhoea. Her “freaked out” parents rushed h ...