U.K. Doctors Accused Of Misdiagnosing Woman Before She Died

| by Tony Tran

A mother in England is trying to raise awareness after her daughter reportedly wasted away in a hospital due to malnutrition.

Kayleigh Compton, 23, died after she lost more than 70 pounds in a year due to a condition that caused her to become ill whenever she ate.

Kayleigh was sent to the Peterborough City Hospital for her condition in February 2013, according to the Daily Mail. Despite medical personnel giving her a malnutrition test, the results gave inaccurate results and doctors were unable to correctly diagnose her.

When they were able to get a correct diagnosis, doctors assumed her malnutrition was from an eating disorder. They stood by this diagnosis despite Kayleigh denying she had any eating disorder.

After she refused a feeding tube for weeks, Kayleigh was placed in a medically induced coma after collapsing. She died on February 20, 2013.

“It was heartbreaking to watch a beautiful (140-pound) young woman who loved fashion lying in a hospital bed in a coma,” her mother, Angela Compton said, according to the Daily Mail.

“I think malnutrition did lead to her death,” Angela added. “If they had correctly measured her (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool) score then she would have been monitored and fed better and they could have found the illnesses she had.

“It isn’t enough to just have a letter saying sorry, we want a public apology for everything she went through. I want staff disciplined and action taken on the staff responsible.”

Officials at the hospital have since reviewed their care of Kayleigh and apologized for their mistakes in dealing with the young woman’s illness, according to the Peterborough Telegraph.

“Kayleigh Compton’s MUST score was correctly interpreted upon her admission,” a spokesman told the Daily Mail. “She was deemed medium risk of malnutrition at that point. However, staff failed to document that prior to admission Kayleigh had lost almost (80 pounds) in weight in the previous eight months. When this information was added to the score the next day it put Kayleigh as a high-risk patient and as such we immediately put in place an action plan to support her with a dietician.”

Source: Daily Mail, Peterborough Telegraph

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