Lincolnshire hospitals trust says sorry over Jessica Ashton-Pyatt's treatment after the 14-year-old died at Boston Pilgrim Hospital
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has apologised after “terrified” medical staff at Boston Pilgrim Hospital apparently struggled to treat dying 14-year-old Jessica Ashton-Pyatt.
An inquest into the Staffordshire schoolgirl’s death on October 28 heard paramedics describe A & E as chaotic after bringing in Jessica, who fell seriously ill while holidaying at Butlin’s in Skegness.
She suffered a ruptured stomach, leading to surgical emphysema and two heart arrests. The inquest found she would have died despite medical intervention.
A verdict of death by natural causes was recorded. One paramedic told the court two hospital staff seemed “terrified” when assigned to resuscitate Jessica.
Then, the inquest heard, one member of staff attempted to use a bone gun to insert a tube, which they held upside down, pointing it at a doctor and not Jessica.
A statement from United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust says: "We express our sincere condolences to the family of Jessica Ashton-Pyatt and apologise for any distress caused during her treatment.
"The inquest concluded that Jessica died from natural causes and whilst we recognise that the patient's condition was very unusual, we also recognise that there were aspects of care which did not meet the high standards that we normally deliver.
"We take these matters extremely seriously and have carried out an internal investigation to enable us to take steps to improve the care provided.
"We have ensured that medical staff escalate cases to a consultant when required, we have continued to ensure staff have the correct nationally accredited trauma training and that equipment is checked thoroughly after each use."