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VIDEO: Young Cornwall woman dies after routine operation

VIDEO: Young Cornwall woman dies after routine operation

Published by Emma Carton at 7:14am 30th November 2018. (Updated at 6:15pm 30th November 2018)

The family of a young woman from Cornwall, who died just days after a routine operation, say they are living a nightmare.

Chloe Rideout from Coverack spent six days at Derriford after surgery on her appendix.

However just a day after being discharged, she developed the infection sepsis.

The 20-year-old was rushed to Treliske but despite the best efforts from medics, she lost her life.

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20-year-old Chloe Rideout from Cornwall died from sepsis, just days after a routine operation at Derriford Hospital

Bosses at Derriford have launched an investigation into Chloe's care, as her family claim her death could have been avoided.

"Absolutely devastating. The circumstances are just truly awful. It was completely unexpected.

"You don't ever expect to outlive your children, especially one that is healthy, fit and full of life. They are completely beside themselves with grief.

"Chloe's mum said to me I worried about her driving her car or walking home late at night, I didn't worry about her going into hospital.

"As any parent who is not medically trained, we put your faith in health professionals. You certainly don't expect this to happen in what could've been avoided".

Melissa Mead, The Sepsis Trust

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Chloe, from Coverack in Cornwall, fell ill with the infection just a day after being discharged from Derriford Hospital

Chloe's dad, Dave Rideout, has launched a Just Giving appeal to help raise awareness of sepsis.

He will also be doing a special walk, from the hospital to the family's home, on Christmas Day.

"My daughter went in hospital for an appendix operation and ended up dying from Sepsis. We didn't know what Sepsis was.

"The Sepsis Trust visits schools, doctors and hospitals to educate and raise awareness of this problem so hopefully another young person doesn't lose their life and another family doesn't have to live the nightmare we are going through.

"Chloe was only 20! She was lovely and only ever thought of others. Please give generously so no other innocent person dies.

"On Christmas day I will be walking 30 miles from the hospital to our home.

"I can't imagine a Christmas without Chloe so if I can raise awareness that will be a help".

Dave Rideout

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Chloe's family believe her death could have been avoided and have launched a fundraiser to raise awareness of sepsis

In a statement, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed that an investigation into Chloe's care was underway.

"We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Chloe's family on their loss. It is incredibly sad when someone so young is lost so suddenly.

"We have started an investigation into Chloe's care with us. We have made sure that Chloe's family have the opportunity to be involved in that investigation and they are kept informed as it progresses".

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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Derriford Hospital has launched an investigation into Chloe's care, after she died from sepsis following a routine operation

What are the signs of sepsis?

The NHS says you must call 999 immediately if your child has these symptoms:

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

You can find more information on what to look out for here or watch more advice below...

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