Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Meningitis patient suffered 6 hour ambulance wait

Bristol Inquest following death from Meningitis

An inquest has taken place in Bristol following the death of Mr Mthuthuzeli Mpongwana from meningitis.

A telephone call was made to 111 for medical advice at 10.30pm on 5 January, by his wife Lisa Armitage.  She reported that her husband was suffering from sore neck, headache and struggled to look at light. She was advised that a rapid response vehicle would attend.

However, despite the advice the car did not arrive until 1.17am and the paramedic Dana Noriega dismissed the symptoms as ‘man flu’. The call was downgraded and the ambulance finally arrived at 4.20am and reached the Bristol Royal Infirmary at 4.46am. Tragically Mr Mpongwana suffered a fatal brain injury and could not be saved.

Maria Voisin; Coroner for Bristol reached a narrative verdict at the inquest and identified failings in the care he had received.

Evidence was heard at the Inquest from Dr Freshwater-Turner who advised that if penicillin had been administered earlier the outcome may have been different.

The medical negligence team at Clarke Willmott have extensive experience of pursuing claims for patients in relation to treatment they have received as a result of meningitis and work closely with MRF (Meningitis Research Foundation). If you require advice in relation to medical treatment you have received please contact the team on 0800 316 8892.