Girl, 9, who died two days after falling off a playground swing suffered fatal internal injuries AFTER she was sent home from hospital, doctor tells inquest
- A nine-year-old Adelaide girl injured herself after she fell off a swing last year
- Leila Baartse-Harkin died from internal injuries due to a perforated small bowel
- She developed the injuries after being discharged from hospital, a doctor claims
- Women's and Children's Hospital registrar Dr Amy McMellon assessed the girl
- Leila was sent home from hospital after showing no signs of a perforated bowel
A nine-year-old girl who injured herself on a swing died from internal injuries that she had developed after being discharged from hospital, a doctor has told an inquest.
Adelaide schoolgirl Leila Baartse-Harkin injured her stomach after she fell off a playground swing at the Eastern Fleurieu School at Strathalbyn in September last year.
Women's and Children's Hospital registrar Dr Amy McMellon claimed there had been no signs of a perforated bowel when she assessed the girl, The Advertiser reported.
But two days later, the little girl died of peritonitis - an inflammation of the inner lining of the abdomen due to a perforated small bowel.
Adelaide schoolgirl Leila Baartse-Harkin (pictured) injured herself after she fell off a swing
The nine-year-old girl died of peritonitis - an inflammation of the inner lining of the abdomen
Her parents found Leila (pictured with her mother Edie) unresponsive a day after she was discharged from hospital
'She didn't have that when I saw her,' Dr McMellon told Deputy State Coroner Anthony Schapel at the inquest after she was recalled to give evidence on Monday.
'I know that she did not have it from my examination.'
Dr McMellon performed an abdominal pressure test, during which Leila 'laughed and giggled the whole way through' when she was asked to jump to assess any pain.
A Women's and Children's Hospital spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia they were 'unable to comment on this case while it is still before the coroner'.
The inquest heard Leila was admitted to hospital after she vomited several times and complained of abdominal pain in the days leading up to her death.
Dr McMellon performed an x-ray and noted that she had a rigid abdomen and an elevated heart rate but the scans found no signs of internal injuries.
The inquest heard Leila was admitted to hospital after she vomited several times and complained of abdominal pain in the days leading up to her death
The inquest heard Leila's death could have been preventable if the child had undergone a CT scan before being sent home
Her parents found Leila (pictured with her mother Edie) unresponsive early the next morning
She claimed senior doctor Elissa Pearton, who also examined the girl, made the decision to discharge her after she showed signs of improvement and 'was reporting that she had no more pain'.
However, the inquest heard Leila's death could have been preventable if the child had undergone a CT scan before being sent home.
Leila was also assessed by a GP after vomiting again but the doctor did not examine her abdomen or check her vital signs, the inquest heard previously.
Her parents found her unresponsive early the next morning and rushed her to hospital but she could not be resuscitated.
The inquest continues.
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