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Mum saves baby daughter from sepsis death by storming into doctors after ‘eight hour’ wait for call back – the sun,

A MUM’sdesperate actions saved her baby from dying of sepsis after she was left waiting eight hours for a call back.

Rachael Pedrick stormed into her GP surgery after her one-year-old girl, Holly, became severely ill at their home near Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

Holly was suffering flu-like symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and “sticky eyes” on December 39.

When her daughter’s condition failed to improve, Rachael contacted her GP surgery who told her they couldn’t book her an appointment and that she would have to wait for a call back.

Rachael toldWales Online: “After eight hours I was still waiting.

“In the end I went to the doctor’s myself, walked into the doctor’s room and the doctor ran straight over to her, checked her over and said she needs to go to Prince Charles as soon as possible.”

Holly spent the night in Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr but on Christmas Eve she was blue-lighted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

It was there that the one-year-old was diagnosed with

sepsisand skin infection cellulitis.

Doctors were forced to cut through the one-year-old’s nose to drain an abscess from behind her eyes in a two-hour operation.

Rachael told Wales Online that Holly was “lifeless” for four days but that she is now back at home and making a full recovery.



Rachael said her daughter was “lifeless” for four hours after the operation.Credit: Rachael Pedrick / Media Wales

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5Rachael lives with Holly and her son, Oscar in Aberdare.Credit: Richard Swingler / Media Wales

“It was the longest.” two hours of my life, “said Rachael.

“The hospital staff phoned me and said if I hadn’t taken her to the doctor’s then she would be dead.

“I was frantic. If I didn’t take her in she wouldn’t be running around now.”

After spending Christmas in hospital, Rachael said it was only after returning home with Holly that she realized how lucky she had been.

The mum-of-two hopes that by sharing her experience other parents won’t find themselves in the same position.

Symptoms of sepsis in children

Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection.

Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

The NHS urges parents to call 999 if a baby or young child has any of these symptoms of sepsis:

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 Rachael lives with Holly and her son, Oscar in Aberdare.(


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A spokeswoman on behalf of the surgery said they cannot comment on individual cases and was keen to reassure patients that the practice of offering appointments is taken very serious.

The spokeswoman added: “If a staff member receiving a call has any concerns based on the information provided, then it is standard practice to advise that the child be seen by a GP and subsequently to offer an appointment, which patients ( or patient representatives) can then choose whether to accept or not. “

A guide to the signs of sepsis in children under five-years-old



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