Queensland parents want answers after baby Lola Winchcole found dead after visit to Beaudesert Hospital
The parents of a toddler are demanding answers after finding their little girl dead the next morning. she was sent home by doctors at a hospital.
Lola Winchcole, 20 months, was taken to Beaudesert Hospital around 8pm on Saturday August 5, after experiencing breathing difficulties.
However, doctors discharged the little girl just three hours after she was admitted for treatment, and she was given anti-nausea medication.
Queensland Health officials are reviewing the death of Lola Winchcole, who died in August following breathing difficulties.
She was battling the flu and her symptoms got worse, prompting her parents Toni and Matthew Winchcole to take her to hospital.
“We were really concerned about Lola’s breathing because it seemed a lot faster and noisy, faster than usual… so they gave her Panadol in the hospital and odanestron to help with her nausea ” said Ms Winchole. Nine news.
Lola was rushed to Logan Hospital on Sunday after her father Matthew found her unconscious in bed that morning.
Doctors performed CPR but were unable to save the little girl’s life.
Hospital staff reportedly told Toni and Matthew Lola that they had contracted an infection known as Strep A, with traces of the deadly disease found in the child’s blood.
Lola (pictured, centre) was released by doctors just three hours after being taken to Beaudesert Hospital on August 5, but was found unconscious in her bed the next morning by her father Matthew (pictured left).
Distraught parents are now awaiting answers from health authorities, with the coroner yet to provide his findings.
Ms Winchcole has expressed her heartbreak after doctors were unable to save her daughter’s life.
“It was horrible, you can’t even describe (with) words, it’s so horrible,” she said.
Matthew Winchcole has urged other parents to follow their instincts when it comes to their children’s welfare.
“It’s still true… you don’t want to come home to that nightmare,” Mr Winchole said.
Distraught parents Toni (pictured left) and Matthew Winchcole (pictured right) are seeking answers after their daughter’s death, with the coroner yet to provide any findings.
Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said she was heartbroken by the toddler’s death.
“I would like to express my sincere condolences to Lola’s family and loved ones,” she said.
“I am advised that the health department is reviewing this case and we will await the coroner’s outcome to determine if further action is necessary.”
Logan and Beaudesert Health Service acting executive director Brett Bricknell said the Health Service was reviewing the case in accordance with clinical governance processes.
“The matter remains in the hands of the coroner and therefore we are unable to provide further information at this time,” he said.
Logan and Beaudesert Health Service interim executive director Brett Bricknell said the health service is looking into Lola’s death (pictured center, from left)
“We express our deepest condolences to the parents, family and friends of this precious baby, who passed away on August 6.
“We continue to provide our support to his parents and family, as well as the staff who provided care.”
A GoFundMe set up to support the family raised approximately $32,000.