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'Neglect' over TB death

Neglect contributed to the death of a 15-year-old girl who died of tuberculosis despite being seen by health professionals, a coroner ruled today. Alina Sarag died at Birmingham children's hospital after visits to her doctor and four hospitals.

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Coroner: 'Treatment should have been started'

Recording a verdict at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall that Alina Sarag died from natural causes and that neglect contributed to her death, coroner Aidan Cotter said:

A diagnosis should have been made and treatment should have been started.

I am satisfied that the failure to take action did have a direct causal connection to Alina's death.

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