Tragic death of Lola Winchcole: Parents blame doctors for 20-month-old baby's death after hospital visit
'It was awful, you can't even describe (in) words, like it's so awful,' Lola Winchcole’s mother Toni said
QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA: The devastated mother and father of a toddler are seeking answers after the child lost her life after a hospital trip. Lola Winchcole was just 20 months old reportedly faced breathing difficulties right before her death.
Now, her parents – Toni and Matthew Winchcole – have blamed doctors for her death, accusing them of not properly treating her when they went to Beaudesert Hospital’s emergency department on August 5.
What happened to Lola Winchcole?
Toni told 9News, “We were really concerned about Lola's breathing because it just seemed a lot more rapid and noisy, like faster than usual ... so they gave her Panadol at the hospital and ondansetron to help with her nausea.”
“And then he discharged us with instructions to keep her fluids up,” she shared.
However, the little girl was discovered unresponsive in bed on the morning of August 6. Soon Lola was rushed to Logan Hospital, where medical experts did CPR on her for over an hour but she died.
What parents of Lola Winchcole are saying?
Toni said, “It was awful, you can't even describe those words like it's so awful.”
The parents also reportedly shared that they had been informed by the hospital staff that a pathology test revealed that their daughter was probably infected with “traces of the potentially life-threatening infection Strep A”.
Though a coroner has yet to disclose Lola’s death cause, Toni and Matthew alleged that Queensland Health did not do their job properly.
Also, the parents have asked other parents to always trust their instincts. “It's always right ... you don't want to come home to this nightmare,” Matthew added.
‘The matter remains with the Coroner’
Meanwhile, Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman expressed her condolence following the baby girl’s death.
She said, as reported by the Daily Mail, “I want to send my sincere condolences to Lola's family and loved ones. I am advised that the Health Service is reviewing this case, and we will await any outcome from the Coroner to determine if further steps are necessary.”
Besides, Logan and Beaudesert Health Service acting executive director Brett Bricknell stated, “The matter remains with the Coroner and, as such, we are not able to provide further information at this time.”
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the parents, family, and friends of this precious baby, who passed away on August 6. We continue to provide support to her parents and family, as well as to staff who provided care,” Bricknell added.