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The family of a 14-year-old girl who died at an under-fire hospital in our region have said she would have received better care if they had - in their words - 'taken her to a vet'.
Their comments follow an inquest last week which, though it placed no blame at the door of the hospital, shed light on the chaotic treatment she received.
The family of 14-year-old Jessica Ashton-Pyatt, who died after being admitted to the casualty ward at the Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire, say the revelations at the inquest have left them with more questions that answers and that until then, they'd been defenders of the hospital.
The parents of teenager Jessica Ashton-Pyatt who died after being admitted to the casualty ward at at Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire said they were, "disgusted and angry at the way staff at the hospital treated Jessica."
Jessica suffered two heart attacks after a mystery illness caused her to vomit so much her stomach ruptured.
An inquest last Friday heard from the attending paramedic Mark Hall who said that A&E staff, "appeared overwhelmed by the serious situation" they were faced with when 14-year-old Jessica Ashton-Pyatt was admitted to the hospital on 27 October.
Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, South Lincolnshire Coroner Professor Robert Forrest said: "The treatment she received did not save her life, but did not contribute to her death."
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Pilgrim Hospital, issued a statement saying, 'whilst we recognise that the patient's condition was very unusual, we also recognise that there were aspects of care which did not meet the high standards that we normally deliver.'