The heartbroken parents of a little boy who died within 24 hours of being discharged from Hospital finally have some answers.

The Almond family bravely listened as the coroner blamed a doctor’s mistake for their son’s needless death, reports 9 news.

Kim Almond rushed her sick 17-month-old to Shoalhaven Hospital’s emergency department on the NSW south coast during the morning of March 21, 2016.

Nurses noted a high temperature, fast heart rate and pale skin.

Three hours later he developed a rash.

Doctor Babak Tajvidi diagnosed him with a general virus, recommending paracetamol and sending him home.

But 24 hours later Troy’s condition deteriorated. He was rushed back to hospital but couldn’t be revived.

The coroner’s court found Troy died due to a failure by the treating specialist in the ED to recognise signs of toxicity caused by sepsis, to investigate the possibility of the fatal bacterial illness and administer antibiotics.

“I just want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Troy Almond,” Brad Scotch from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District said.

Our thoughts are with the family x

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  • So awful. We place so much faith and trust in doctors when it comes to making a correct diagnoses, it’s hard to disagree with them, hard to even know if they could be wrong and we should disagree. So sad

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  • If you have doubts, always ask for a second opinion. Such a sad thing to happen.

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  • Terrible thing to happen any time – but so close to Christmas makes it even worse. Condolences to the family.

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  • Heartbreaking.. Love to the family and RIP little man x

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  • Thoughts and prayers to family

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  • How devastating.My heart breaks for these parents.
    I’m so thankful for the medical system we have in our country, but they’re not infallible. Sometimes it’s worth pushing for more testing or further investigation if you’re not happy with what you’re told. Recently our son was diagnosed with a serious disease which has been passed off as something minor for the last few months. We just kept going back and saying ‘this is taking too long to heal’ and ‘this doesn’t feel as simple as you’re suggesting’. Sometimes we felt like maybe we were just worrying, but evidence was only visible in testing after a couple of months. Follow your guts parents. Look after your babies as best you can ????

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  • I would call Health direct and also ask for their opinion

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  • How sad is this. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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  • Poor darling – just devastating for the family.

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  • This kind of stuff is Happening why to offend to both children & Adults Don’t Doctor’s Give a stuff Anymore ??????

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  • So sad. That little child surely deserved more attention from the hospital. :-(

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  • Thoughts are with the family, glad they got answers

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  • The rash would have rung alarm bells for me. He also should not have been discharged with a high temperature.

    Although it is rare, you can be allergic to paracetamol. I know of a child who is allergic to it, so much so that she cannot have physical contact with anybody who has taken it within a number of hours.
    The same thing can apply to Iboprufen.

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  • And this is why we hold doctors to a high standard – the devastating consequences when they don’t live up to them.

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  • So sad. I think it’s necessary that doctors are held accountable in situations like this. They’re in a well paid profession but with that comes a responsibility to do the job with all due diligence. I feel like many doctors now days are rushing through consults and the consequences can be deadly. I’ve been misdiagnosed by a doctor before, as a result I now have contact dermatitis that flares up randomly throughout the year and extremely sensitive skin. If he’d been more thorough I would have been prescribed the antibiotics I needed sooner instead of the steroid cream that ruined my skin.

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