DAD SAVES SON IN DEADLY MIX-UP; Brain Bug Mistaken for Chickenpox

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), January 16, 2003 | Go to article overview

DAD SAVES SON IN DEADLY MIX-UP; Brain Bug Mistaken for Chickenpox


Byline: KRYSIA DIVER

THE parents of a 12year-old meningitis victim say he is lucky to be alive after his condition was wrongly diagnosed as chickenpox.

Linda and Gary Wood today warned parents to seek a second medical opinion after a Primary Care doctor prescribed paracetamol to their spot-covered and nauseous son.

Jason was diagnosed with meningococcal septicemia four hours later and received emergency treatment at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Prime Care, which employs Primary Care doctors, today launched an investigation.

It also tried to reassure people that misdiagnoses were rare.

Mr Wood, aged 40, of Rubery, said: 'Jason was covered in what looked like love bites. He was stiff all over and said he felt sick.

'I grabbed a glass and the spots didn't disappear. My worst fear was meningitis, so I took him to the Primary Care unit at Selly Oak.

'A doctor looked at Jason for ten seconds and said it was chickenpox. I told him I suspected meningitis, but he just handed me two paracetamols and told me to take Jason to his GP in the morning.

'But later that night, the blotches were worse. Jason looked almost green and was complaining of really bad headaches.'

Mr Wood then contacted Primary Care to get a second opinion and was advised to take his son straight to Birmingham Children's Hospital. …

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