Ambulance crew's fatal error

The London Ambulance Service has apologised after a crew failed to spot that a 21 year-old woman who died had a dangerous blood condition.

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Woman died after ambulance crew failed to do basic medical checks

Sarah Louise Mulenga died in January 2011. Credit: Mulenga family

The family of a Barking student who died in Newham University Hospital have said they will take legal action against the London Ambulance Service.

Sarah Louise Mulenga died two years ago after an ambulance crew who were on a student paramedic programme failed to check her properly even though they knew she suffered from the condition sickle cell anaemia.

They decided not to take her to hospital immediately - a decision which a coroner has described as "a gross failure".

Her family claim that a lack of fully qualified staff meant that the student paramedics were sent to help Sarah.