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South Western Ambulance service to 'make improvements' after inquest into Yate baby's death

Libby's condition deteriorated within hours. Credit: ITV News

A woman whose six-week-old baby died of a combination of meningitis and sepsis has said she'll use her daughter's tragic story to educate others about the warning signs.

After an inquest into baby Libby's death, the South Western Ambulance Service Trust said it had learned lessons on spotting the signs of, and treating, sepsis.

Claire Grove from Yate told ITV News she could only watch in shock as Libby's condition deteriorated in a matter of hours before doctors said there was nothing more they could do.

Claire Grove wants to raise awareness about sepsis. Credit: ITV News

Libby was born healthy and was growing stronger by the day when she was struck by Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. She died within a few hours.

22-year-old Claire doesn't blame the ambulance service and says her daughter's treatment at Bristol Children's Hospital was excellent.

I just don't want another family going through this again. If you can prevent it - if people can pick up on it a lot easier, then this could save children, this could save families, and this could save a lot of grief for everybody else.

– Claire Grove
Claire says her daughter's treatment at Bristol Children's Hospital was excellent. Credit: ITV News

Last month's inquest found Libby died of natural causes.

A family fun day in Yate in September will raise funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation as the family seek some solace from their tragedy.

The family will raise funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation in Libby's memory. Credit: ITV News

The South Western Ambulance Service offered its "deepest condolences to Libby's family."

A spokeswoman pointed to the Coroner's conclusion that, while accepting matters could have been managed better, the outcome would not have changed.

The Trust is committed to learn and make improvements to the care we provide and will continue to raise awareness with our staff to the signs of Sepsis.

– South Western Ambulance Service spokeswoman