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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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'Missed opportunities over TB death'

The inquest heard how an NHS review into the care given to Alina Sarag identified several missed opportunities to diagnose her condition but the initial inquiry found that no indiviuals involved in her care had made major mistakes.

Alina Sarag who died of Tuberculosis at Birmingham's children's hospital on January 5 2011. Credit: Family handout

Dr Wayne Harrison told the inquest: "The panel didn't draw attention to a particular horrendous mistake.

"The implication was that TB wasn't always considered when it might have been, but it would have been down the list of potential diagnoses.

"There were missed opportunities at different points, any of which might have been an opportunity for diagnosis."

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