A Melbourne hospital will be reviewed after an eight-year-old girl died 21 hours after attending the hospital’s emergency department with stomach pain.
Amrita Varshini Lanka went to the Monash Children’s Hospital on April 29, the ABC reported, after initially seeing a GP for symptoms including vomiting and a fever.
According to the ABC, initial assessments ruled out appendicitis, with nurses instead believing Amrita had gastroenteritis.
She developed breathing issues and went into cardiac arrest a few hours later.
The eight-year-old died on the morning of April 30, about 21 hours after she initially presented to the emergency department.
Amrita’s death will be examined by the coroner and Safe Care Victoria, Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed.
“Until that process is complete it would be terrible for me to say more, other than our deepest sympathies to the family and all those who are involved in what is really a tragic set of circumstances,” Mr Foley told reporters on Wednesday.
Premier Daniel Andrews said there would also be a full review of Monash Health.
Monash Health said it was common practice for a facility to be reviewed if a person dies while in the hospital’s care. It has contacted Amrita’s family to provide support, with her exact cause of death still unknown.
“This is a very upsetting time for the family, and we offer our sincere condolences to the child’s family and friends,” a Monash Health official told AAP.