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Jacko drug link to Amie tragedy
10:02am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A 15-YEAR-OLD girl who died at Basildon Hospital was sedated with a drug instrumental in the death of Michael Jackson.
Amie Miller, of Stanford-le-Hope, allegedly died because doctors didn’t carry out simple checks to discover she was suffering life-threatening brain damage, an inquest heard.
She was given propofol, one of the drugs which caused the death of pop legend Michael Jackson, pictured, in 2009. It is not recommended for children and a nurse said the drug could have “masked” Amie’s deterioration.
She died in 2008, but it has taken until now for an inquest to understand how she came to die on November 19.
The promising Grays Convent pupil had just taken her mock GCSEs and was fit and healthy until a week before her admission to hospital.
She had been suffering headaches for seven days when she started vomiting and fitting. She was rushed from her home to Basildon’s A&E department where doctors performed a CT scan, sedated her and put her on ventilation.
While an initial scan showed no abnormal activity, a second two days later showed mass fluid on the brain. She died of encephalitis, a swelling on the brain.
Barristers working on behalf of Amie’s family said doctors failed to investigate properly why Amie’s brain was swollen and basic neurological tests, which include checking she could open her eyes and looking at her pupil size, would have shown her deteriorating condition.
Instead doctors believed her condition was stabilising on November 17, which led to consultants ignoring her.
The inquest at Chelmsford Coroner’s Court heard the intensive care doctor on duty on November 16, Dr David Lowe, told the doctor on duty on November 17, Dr Michel Sun Wai, Amie was getting better.
Dr Sun Wai, said: “With hindsight the neurological observations should have been done.
“It wasn’t done because, to me, I didn’t worry too much about Amie because I believed her to be a young girl getting better.
“I didn’t focus on the neurological observations at all. At that moment in time we were just waiting for the lumber puncture to take place. I didn’t need to interfere with the plan.
“I am not denying neurological observations would have helped with Amie’s condition.
“But the handover to me was that the patient was waking up and was getting better.”
In a written statement read out during the inquest, nurse Leonthy Hall said: “On reflection Amie’s neurological status may have been masked by the use of propofol. But it is possible her deterioration could have been seen had neurological observation been done.”
A jury of 11 people will decide how Amie died (Wednesday) today after the three day inquest.
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