Doctor Who Fatally Misdiagnosed Young Girl apos;s Meningitis Is Struck Off

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The mother of a little girl who died from meningitis after her symptoms were brushed off as a bruise by a doctor who went on to lie about his failings says she is 'pleased' he has been struck off - but losing a job is not like losing a daughter.
Kirsty Ermenekli, 34, from Oldham, Manchester, added that it's a comfort to her to know that senior doctor Harsha Rajana won't be able to make the same mistakes with another child. 
The mother-of-four rushed daughter Layla-Rose, six, to hospital in February 2017, with a high temperature, headache and stomach ache.
She was seen by Dr Rajana, who wanted to send her back home and dismissed her rash as 'bruises'.
But after spending eight hours in the hospital, Layla-Rose went into cardiac arrest and died from meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. 
Kirsty Ermenekli, 34, from Oldham, Manchester, rushed Layla-Rose Ermenekli, six, to hospital in February 2017, with a high temperature, headache and stomach ache
An internal report carried out by the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust criticised doctors and stated that Layla-Rose's mother's concerns were not listened to, while there were two missed opportunities to recognise the rash.
This week Dr Rajana was struck off at a GMC hearing in Manchester, which found more than 20 mistakes and dishonest statements proven against him. 
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Kirsty told FEMAIL: 'Doctors are wonderful - but a mother's instinct is invaluable.
I knew something was wrong with my daughter but nobody listened.
'If she had been treated sooner, she would still have been here today. 
Kirsty said she instinctively knew there was something seriously wrong with her daughter (pictured) but claims doctors didn't take her concerns seriously
This week Dr Rajana was struck off at a GMC hearing in Manchester, which found more than 20 mistakes and dishonest statements proven against him
'I am pleased that the doctor who saw Layla has been struck off, I have been fighting for justice for her for so long and he will not be able to make the same mistakes with another child, which is a comfort to me.
'But he lost his job, and we have lost our daughter.

How is that fair?'
The hearing heard Dr Rajana had failed to consider sepsis, failed to take blood tests and failed to give fluids - and then he lied about his failings. 
Kirsty, who was heavily pregnant with her fourth child when Layla died, named her newborn son Laylen, in her memory.
Kirsty, pictured with her husband Ricky, said it's comforting to know that Dr Rajanna can't make the same mistakes with another child now he's been struck off
'Her death was horrendous for us all,' the mother admitted.

'My eldest daughter was heartbroken. My son, Emrae, got a pillow with pictures of Layla on - and he carried it everywhere with him.
'I was heavily pregnant and the rest of my pregnancy was so hard. Laylen was born at home, still in the amniotic sac, and we feel that he is a gift from Layla.
'He has given us all a reason to smile and to look to the future.'

Kirsty is now calling for all children to be vaccinated against the disease and has called her campaign 'Layla's Law'.

She also fundraises for the charity Meningitis Now.
Layla (right) was the second eldest child for Kirsty and her husband Ricky and was adored by her family, especially her older sister, pictured centre with their brother Emrae
Kirsty, who was heavily pregnant with her fourth child when Layla died, named her newborn son Laylen, in her memory.

Pictured at Layla-Rose's grave
Layla was the second eldest child for Kirsty and her husband Ricky and was adored by her family.
Kirsty said: 'Layla was typical girl; she loved dancing and she loved dressing up; she liked to look neat and tidy and she always had a bow in her hair. She had a temper too; she was very expressive and fiery.'
When Layla fell ill, pregnant Kirsty assumed it was tonsillitis, as her son had been poorly with the bug.  
But when her temperature shot up, Kirsty called the NHS helpline. 
'I waited over an hour on hold, so I decided to take her to hospital just to be on the safe side,' she recalled.
Kirsty said Layla's death was 'horrendous' for the family - pictured on holiday when Layla (left) was younger, before Emrae was born
In hospital, Layla complained of stomach and head pain and began vomiting.

She was checked by a doctor who advised Kirsty to take her home.
'I told them I wasn't happy about taking her home because Layla seemed so unwell,' Kirsty explained.
Layla was then seen by a paediatrician who found a red patch on Layla's hip.
Kirsty recalled: 'I told him it wasn't a bruise and it had just come out of nowhere.

But he said it was a bruise. They started to spread - and I went into panic mode.'
Layla began struggling to breathe and she was moved to HDU and given antibiotics. By now, she had been in hospital over six hours.
In hospital Layla - pictured right with her older sister - complained of stomach and head pain and began vomiting.

She was checked by a doctor who advised Kirsty to take her home
'The staff still didn't know what was wrong,' Kirsty revealed. 'They said she had an infection but that was it.'
At 3:50am, Layla stopped breathing.

Kirsty told how she went into shock and was screaming hysterically as nurses moved her pillow quickly and www.healthtimescanada.com began resuscitation. 
'I called my husband who was at home looking after our other children, and he rushed to the hospital but it was too late,' she said.
Layla died at 4am on February 4 2017.

At her funeral, Kirsty played Layla's favourite songs from her dance shows.
Kirsty's fourth child was born in May 2017, on her 32nd birthday - but he will never meet the big sister he was named in memory of.    
A list of missed opportunities in the internal report found doctors used an old document when assessing Layla (pictured with her sister), which failed to facilitate the early recognition of potential sepsis
A report into Layla's death was very critical of her treatment in hospital.
It stated that Kirsty brought her daughter to the hospital at around 8.30pm and she was assessed by a triage nurse after a 25 minute wait.
The little girl was identified as requiring a doctor within 10 minutes, but delays meant it was an hour and 50 minutes before she was seen by a doctor.
A rash was spotted on Layla-Rose's body, but the doctor thought it was just a bruise and did not write this information down or speak about it with her mother.
A doctor told Kirsty her daughter was fit to go home.
But Layla's mother and a sister nurse in charge felt uncomfortable sending the girl home and she was instead transferred to the paediatrics ward.
The rash on Layla-Rose's body began to spread rapidly and she then went into cardiac arrest, before she was pronounced dead by medics on the morning of February 4.

Pictured: Layla with her grandmother, younger brother and older sister
After another wait Layla-Rose was assessed by a junior doctor, who picked up on the rash on her hip, but was told by the previous doctor it was just a bruise and not a new symptom.
But just 30 minutes later another locum doctor noted the rash, inserted a cannula, took bloods and administered antibiotics for sepsis.
The rash on Layla-Rose's body began to spread rapidly and she then went into cardiac arrest, before she was pronounced dead by medics on the morning of February 4.
A list of missed opportunities in the internal report found doctors used an old document when assessing Layla-Rose, which failed to facilitate the early recognition of potential sepsis.
The report said there was 'failure to identify the advanced nature of the sepsis and treat accordingly' as well as 'failure to recognise a 'bruise' as a purpuric rash and therefore as an indicator of meningococcal sepsis'.

Pictured: Dr Rajana
It also stated Layla-Rose's mother's concerns were not listened to, while there were two missed opportunities to recognise the rash.
The report said: 'The doctor who saw the patient initially did not recognise the rash, which was not documented at the time as being of a worrying nature, as a result the diagnosis of sepsis was missed for three and a half hours, during which treatment opportunities were missed.
'A second opportunity to spot any rashes was missed when the rash was noted prior to transfer and escalated, false re-assurance was given that this was not a new finding so no action was taken.'
The report said there was 'failure to identify the advanced nature of the sepsis and treat accordingly' as well as 'failure to recognise a 'bruise' as a purpuric rash and therefore as an indicator of meningococcal sepsis'.
Kirsty is now calling for all children to be vaccinated against the disease and has called her campaign 'Layla's Law'.

She also fundraises for the charity Meningitis Now
The report recommended doctors require additional training to identify rashes, while staff have been sent a patient alert asking to consider sepsis when diagnosing unwell children.
Dr Jawad Husain, Medical Director at The Royal Oldham Hospital, said following the report: 'We would like to express our sincere condolences to all of Layla's family and friends following her sad and tragic death at The Royal Oldham Hospital.
'We have carried out a thorough investigation into the care and circumstances surrounding Layla's death and have shared our findings with her parents.

We continue to be in contact with the family to provide feedback and support.'
An inquest in March 2018 recorded a narrative conclusion and found that the little girl's death could have been avoided but for failings in hospital care.