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A sick teenager said she died of a ‘boring’ virus after doctors failed to diagnose she had terminal meningitis and refused life-saving antibiotics – as her parents say her ‘whole future was taken away through no fault of her own’


A talented teenage artist died when doctors misdiagnosed meningitis as a ‘boring’ virus.

Mia Ginever, 19, died at Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Surrey, when doctors withheld life-saving antibiotics because of «conscious bias» from her initial diagnosis.

The terrified straight-A student made a heartbreaking plea to her mother Mel, 47, not to let me «die» as she was rushed to hospital with searing pain in her head and red welts on her skin that wouldn’t go away. She later developed a stiff neck and became delirious.

Doctors and nurses rushed around «beautiful and vibrant» Mia as helpless Mel deteriorated before her eyes, but it took five hours for doctors to finally assess her.

The registrar refused to run blood tests or give her antibiotics and instead put her on a «patch» with fluids and pain relief.

Mia Ginever, 19, died at Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Surrey, when doctors misdiagnosed her meningitis as a «boring» virus.

It took doctors eight hours to put the straight A student on antibiotics, but by then it was too late and Mia died two days later in intensive care in March 2022.

It took doctors eight hours to give the straight A student antibiotics, but by then it was too late and Mia died two days later in intensive care in March 2022.

Bacterial meningitis, which requires urgent hospital treatment, affects the membranes in the spinal cord and brain

Bacterial meningitis, which requires urgent hospital treatment, affects the membranes in the spinal cord and brain

The new doctor on the shift eventually ordered blood tests, which determined she had meningitis B, and ended up giving her antibiotics — eight hours after arriving at the hospital.

WHAT IS MENINGITIS?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Anyone can be affected, but those at risk include those under the age of five, from 15 to 24 and over 45.

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People exposed to secondhand smoke or with a suppressed immune system, such as patients undergoing chemotherapy, are also more at risk.

The most common forms of meningitis are bacterial and viral.

Symptoms for both include:

  • Pale, mottled skin with a rash that does not fade when pressed with a glass
  • Stiff neck
  • Aversion to bright lights
  • Fever and cold hands and feet
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Severe headache

Bacterial meningitis

Bacterial meningitis requires urgent hospital treatment with antibiotics.

About 10 percent of bacterial cases are fatal.

Of those who survive, one in three suffer complications, including brain damage and hearing loss.

Limb amputation is a potential side effect if septicemia (blood poisoning) occurs.

Vaccines are available against certain strains of bacteria that cause meningitis, such as tuberculosis.

Viral meningitis

The virus is rarely life-threatening, but can cause long-term effects such as headaches, fatigue and memory problems.

Thousands of people in the UK suffer from viral meningitis every year.

Treatment focuses on hydration, pain medication, and rest.

Although antibiotics are ineffective, they may be given when patients arrive at the hospital in case they are suffering from a bacterial form of the disease.

Source: Meningitis Now

It was too late and Mia was placed in an induced coma and died two days later in intensive care. Just a few months earlier, she had announced to her parents that she wanted to become an organ donor.

A week earlier in March 2022, the talented student made plans to travel and apply for internships in the summer with dreams of becoming an interior designer.

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She went to A&E in Frimley for a check-up when her sore throat, aches and headaches worsened over the course of a week.

Doctors told her she had a ‘boring’ virus and could go home, but Mia’s pain worsened and she returned to hospital with Mel when she noticed the red spots on her body wouldn’t go away.

“Mia’s entire future was taken away through no fault of her own. She had so much to give to the world and she was ready to embrace her life,” Mel told the Times.

She added: “We trusted the doctors to make the right decisions. If I had any idea he was going to die, I would scream.’

An inquest into her death will begin at Surrey Coroner’s Court in Woking today and is due to finish on Friday.

Frimley Park Hospital admitted that doctors failed to properly assess Mia for meningitis and sepsis and that she failed to follow NHS protocol for giving antibiotics within an hour of her second arrival at hospital.

Mia’s father Phil, 60, was shocked at the state of affairs when he arrived at the hospital.

He described caring for his beloved daughter as «so miserable» and said the pain of Mia’s death will never go away.

“When she died, they let us take her handprints and hair as a newborn. But then she was all alone. I should have stayed and waited,” he said.

The hospital carried out a serious incident review which found Mia already had meningococcal sepsis by the time she arrived at Frimley Hospital for the second time.

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It found that «conscious distortion» of the first diagnosis of a viral infection influenced doctors’ decisions.

Since Mia’s death, the Ginevers have raised £70,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation and her parents have been raising awareness of the meningitis B vaccine.

Mel said the doctors told her that «it was one of the hardest and fastest acting cases they had ever seen».

Writing on LinkedIn, six months after Mia’s death, Mel posted a heartfelt tribute to his daughter.

She said: ‘Mia was bright and had life and soul, but she was also a «house bird» and still lived at home. We desperately miss her beautiful smile and infectious laugh every day.”

A week earlier, the talented student had made plans to travel and apply for internships in the summer with dreams of becoming an interior designer.

A week earlier, the talented student had made plans to travel and apply for internships this summer with dreams of becoming an interior designer.

A serious incident review carried out by a hospital found that

A serious incident review carried out by the hospital found that «deliberate misrepresentation» of the first diagnosis of a viral infection influenced doctors’ decisions

Deborah Nadel, Fieldfisher’s general counsel, is representing the family in the investigation and ongoing negligence lawsuit.

She said: “The pain for Mia’s family to learn that her death could have been prevented with prompt treatment is unimaginable.

“The hospital needs to improve the way it learns from mistakes and the family hope the coroner’s inquest will show that.

Mia’s organs helped save the lives of four people and Mel described them as «lucky… to have a part of our precious girl give them a second hope».

MailOnline has contacted Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust for comment.



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