The family of a 7-year-old girl who died suddenly at school earlier this month has accused doctors of not taking her medical condition seriously enough.
Esmee Polmear, 7, collapsed and stopped breathing while at school July 1. She attended the Perranporth Community School in Cornwall, U.K.
“She was meant to have gone to the hospital this week, but the doctor told us we shouldn't take her as it would be a waste of their time,” Mark Polmear, Esmee’s father, said, according to Mirror.co.uk.
Mark and Lynette, his wife, claim that Esmee had been undergoing tests, but doctors insisted there was nothing to be concerned about.
Mark and Lynette said Esmee was 14 pounds under her recommended weight.
“Her health was deteriorating -- she started losing her breath and wouldn't walk up the stairs,” Mark told the Plymouth Herald.
“About two weeks ago we took her back to the doctor and they told us that it was mental and not medical,” he added. “The doctor even patted me on the back and reassured me that everything was all right.”
(Esmee Polmear, via SWNS)
When Mark and Lynette heard Esmee had collapsed, they reportedly rushed to be with her at the school. But paramedics were unable to revive her.
“We can't thank the paramedics, the hospital and the school enough for what they did that day," Lynette told the Plymouth Herald. "They were fantastic. None of them would have given up, they worked on her for an hour."
A post mortem provided no confirmation as to the cause of death. It could take up to six weeks before Esmee’s body can be released for the funeral, according to Mirror.co.uk
Esmee was registered at the St Agnes Surgery, according to the Herald. The medical practice refused to comment on the case, saying it had been advised not to do so.
The family organized a memorial last Saturday, where friends and relatives released balloons with pictures of Esmee attached.
“She was very caring,” Lynette said of her daughter.
“She was always looking out for others,” she added.
The police are reportedly investigating the circumstances of Esmee's death. They do not suspect any foul play.