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Francesca Sio, 3, dies of cancer four days after being sent home with constipation

Parents whose daughter, three, died of cancer four days after returning home from the hospital with laxative doctors who had not found a deadly tumor on her gut

  • Francesca Sio died after her parents were sent home from the hospital with laxatives and told him to take care of her herself
  • A post-mortem revealed that doctors missed the true cause of the blockade
  • Shortly after her death, a senior doctor said: & # 39; What happened to Francesca was very rare. It was bad luck & # 39;
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Francesca Sio, 3, dies of cancer four days after being sent home with constipation

Francesca Sio, 3, dies of cancer four days after being sent home with constipation

A three-year-old girl died after & # 39; overly optimistic & # 39; doctors had repeatedly dismissed her serious illness as simple constipation, her parents claim.

Francesca Sio died of a heart attack four days after father John and mother Lorraine were sent home from a hospital with laxatives and told them to take care of her.

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A post-mortem revealed that doctors missed the true cause of the blockage – a 5 cm tumor that put pressure on her gut.

Shortly after her death, a senior hospital doctor told them: & # 39; What happened to Francesca was very rare. It was bad luck. & # 39;

Last night, Mr. Sio, 36, a Bromley financial adviser in Kent, said: & # 39; That made us so angry. & # 39;

Francesca died ten days after John took her to their doctor who had a fever and struggled with bowel movements.

He diagnosed constipation and prescribed a laxative. Six days later, Francesca became more and more troubled, so the Sios took her to the Princess Royal Hospital in Orpington, Kent, where she was examined by a doctor and a pediatrician who also diagnosed constipation.

A nurse tried to insert a suppository, but it didn't work and they were sent home again with laxatives.

Four days later, Francesca woke up at 4 o'clock at night, crying and struggling to breathe. She suffered a cardiac arrest caused by a blood clot related to the tumor that ended up in a lung.

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Paramedics were called, but despite their efforts, she was declared dead shortly afterwards at 5.37 am.

Francesca was always worried so the Sios took her to the Princess Royal Hospital in Orpington, Kent, where she was examined by a doctor and a pediatrician who also diagnosed constipation

Francesca was always worried so the Sios took her to the Princess Royal Hospital in Orpington, Kent, where she was examined by a doctor and a pediatrician who also diagnosed constipation

Francesca was always worried so the Sios took her to the Princess Royal Hospital in Orpington, Kent, where she was examined by a doctor and a pediatrician who also diagnosed constipation

Mr. Sio said: & We feel that she was abandoned at every point by the medical professionals with whom she came in contact. We believe that Francesca showed symptoms that were viewed too optimistically by a number of doctors, rather than with caution, meaning that crucial diagnostic tests were not performed. & # 39;

Lorraine, also a financial advisor, said: & Francesca was a loving angel who laughs at Disney princesses – always cheerful, fun and easy going. She meant the world to us. & # 39;

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Francesca & # 39; s cancer was an extremely rare & # 39; cheek bag & # 39; tumor in the ovaries, but if it is identified early enough in children, the chance of survival can be as high as 70 to 80 percent.

The family was initially refused an investigation on the grounds that on 1 April 2017, Francesca attributed to & # 39; natural causes & # 39; had died, but one was granted after they had appealed to the Supreme Court and will be held in November.

The couple's lawyer, Dr. Anton van Dellen, said: & We hope that the investigation will cover what the law says it should – cases that could have caused or contributed to Francesca's death. & # 39;

A spokesperson for the Princess Royal said: & Francesca Sio died of an extremely rare tumor, which was identified during a post-mortem.

& # 39; When she was seen in the emergency department, the symptoms were consistent with constipation.

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& # 39; After Francesca's death, we reviewed the case and sought an external opinion that did not identify any shortcomings or missed opportunities in her care that would have led to a different outcome. & # 39;

A spokesperson for NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group, who oversees the general practice where she was first seen, said: & # 39; Due to ongoing research, we are unable to comment further at this time. & # 39;

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