A MUM died 48 hours after doctors sent her home, insisting she was “just dehydrated”, an inquest heard.
Deborah Spark, 46, from Chester, Cheshire, was rushed to hospital in August, complaining of nausea and vomiting.
She underwent brain surgery to fix her hearing problems, two weeks before those symptoms arose, Chester Coroner’s Court heard.
But in the early hours of August 28, she suffered pain which she thought may be the stitches from her operation at the Walton Centre, Liverpool.
Her daughter Emma said: “She was saying she was dizzy and the room was spinning.
“Just before she was discharged she stood up and we had to grab her under the arms.
“It was as though she was drunk, she was slurring her words and walking like she was drunk.
“But the nurse said she was absolutely fine and she needed plenty of rest and plenty of water.”
If they had not sent mum home the day before she would have survived
Deborah Spark's daughter Emma
She was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where doctors sent her home with anti-sickness tablets and told her to drink plenty of water.
They took her home, but the following day at 3am, Emma got a call from her sister Beth, saying their mum had collapsed on her way to the bathroom.
Emma added: “Mr Buxton [Deborah’s consultant] said if they had not sent mum home the day before she would have survived.
“The Countess should have sent mum for a CT scan on the 28th. He said just one of the symptoms she had would raise a red flag.”
Tragically, in the early hours of August 31, she died after doctors said tests revealed she was brain dead.
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At the inquest, coroner Jean Harkin said the hospital’s “failure” led to her death and referral and treatment would have significantly altered the outcome.
Dr Darren Kilroy, Executive Medical Director at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are deeply sorry for the failings in our care that led to Ms Deborah Spark’s death.
“Whilst we appreciate that this is of little comfort, we offer Ms Spark’s family our sincerest condolences.
“We have conducted a full systematic review of the care provided to Deborah.
“Where deficiencies in care are identified as in this case, we always seek to understand the root causes and to identify learning opportunities be it for individuals or for the organisation.”
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