A mother has told how her son was fighting for his life and shared harrowing photos of him after she claims GP misdiagnosed deadly Strep A with Covid.

Chontelle Gosling, 34, Essex, said she was told her 11-year-old son, Sunnie, may have strained a muscle from coughing by her GP and should go home- but was given emergency care at Colchester Hospital’s A&E..

Sunnie first contracted Strep A in July and was receiving life support treatment at the Royal Brompton Hospital, in London for four weeks.

Medics operated on Sunnie to drain the fluid from his lungs and while his condition improved initially, it suddenly deteriorated with suspected sepsis.

The little boy recovered after taking antibiotics and spent a month in intensive care where he was diagnosed with Strep A and returned home July, 16, 2022.

Sunnie was struck down by the virus in the summer of 2022. Chontelle took Sunnie to the GP on June, 15 and 17, 2022 where he was told to go home.

Sunnie got worse and his mum took him to Colchester Hospital’s A&E department on the morning of June, 20, 2022.

He was blue-lighted to the Royal Brompton Hospital, in London, for specialist care, and Chontelle said the seriousness of the situation sank in while she was in the ambulance.

The mum-of-four said: ‘We got there and there were about 11 people waiting in the room for us.

‘It was straight into the PICU (intensive care), they did tests, scans and everything.

‘They said there is so much fluid around his lungs and they feared he had fluid on his heart. I was in despair.’

After a month in intensive care Sunnie was sent home on July, 20, 2022

Chontelle said: ‘It had been a bad year for us anyway, we had moved in with my grandfather to care for him, and he had just passed away before this happened.

‘Thankfully our family rallied around to help us. Sunnie has a check-up scheduled in two weeks’ time, with fluid still present in his lungs.

‘He can’t run as fast as he could before and he missed most of the end of Year 6 at school, having spent a month in hospital.

‘But we are thankful. There were times when they said ‘he’s not out of the woods yet’ when he started going downhill again.

‘They told us he was a very poorly boy and that we were lucky we brought him into A&E when we did.

Chontelle wants to issue a warning to all parents to ensure they take the symptoms seriously.

Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, but it is highly infectious, so UKHSA is advising parents to be on the lookout for symptoms.

These include a sore throat, headache and fever with a characteristic fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel.

Sunnie has a check-up scheduled in two weeks’ time, with fluid still present in his lungs.


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