A mother claims her son nearly died after A&E doctors missed his brain abscess

A one-year-old boy nearly died after a violent illness caused by a brain abscess was removed as constipation by A&E doctors, his mother claims.

Amie Tweed, 25, of Maldon, Essex, took her son Teddy to the hospital on March 14 after he started vomiting – a sign of an abscess. He also struggled to stay awake for six days.

Her doctor recommended that she go to A&E and ask for a blood test – but doctors refused to give him one because he did not show any other symptoms, she said.

Doctors told her his illness was probably due to a change in his formula milk, and it “could be constipation”.

But just five days later Teddy began having seizures and became unresponsive, and paramedics rushed him to a hospital in an ambulance.

Scans later revealed an abscess on his brain and he was rushed to surgery. Doctors told Mrs. Tweed that he might die if they could not reduce the swelling.

But after 40 painful minutes, Mrs. Tweed was told the surgery was successful.

Doctors believe the abscess was caused by a bacterial infection that somehow reached his brain.

Despite fears that the abscess may have caused him permanent brain damage, the “little fighter” underwent a full recovery from surgery.

One-year-old Teddy Tweed from Maldon, Essex, nearly died after his brain swelled by an additional third due to an abscess that was removed as just “constipation” by A&E doctors, his mother claims.

Amie Tweed, 25, of Maldon, Essex, took her son Teddy to a hospital on March 14 after he began vomiting and sleeping excessively for six days.

Teddy was pictured with his mother Amie, 25, and father Richard Tweed, 29

Amie Tweed, 25, of Maldon, Essex, took her son Teddy to a hospital on March 14 after he began vomiting and sleeping excessively for six days. Right: Teddy with his mother Amie and father Richard Tweed, 29

Pictured: The abscess (dark area in the upper left) that has grown to the size of a third of Teddy's brain

Pictured: The abscess (dark area in the upper left) that has grown to the size of a third of Teddy’s brain

Teddy first fell ill on March 8, when he stopped playing with his toys, went out to eat, and slept for hours longer than usual every day.

Ms Tweed said: “He started not being his usual bubbly self for about two weeks before everything started to turn south.

– He just wasn’t interested in playing with his toys like he used to be and only a little sadder and I couldn’t really calm him down either.

What is a brain abscess?

A brain abscess is a rare and life-threatening condition caused when an infection travels from another part of the body to the brain.

Only three people per million will suffer a brain abscess each year.

With an early diagnosis, nine out of ten patients are expected to survive.

Patients suffering from a brain abscess often develop a headache that is so severe that pain does not help.

The infection can often cause changes in a patient’s mental state and bring a fever with temperatures above 38C.

A patient may also have seizures because the infection attacks the brain.

Brain abscess can be caused by sinusitis and even a dental infection that attacks the brain.

In some cases, a brain abscess can be caused by a severe headache leading to a broken skull allowing the infection to pass into the brain tissue.

Patients diagnosed with a brain abscess will be treated with antibiotics, surgery and in some cases antifungals.

The earlier a patient is treated, the less chance of long-term complications.

Patients may experience epilepsy and epilepsy.

‘He just wanted to sleep. He would wake up from a night of 10 or 11 hours of sleep and want to go back to sleep straight away, which is just very abnormal. ‘

She knew something was wrong when he started vomiting and called 111 and was ordered to visit her doctor.

Teddy went for her check-up on March 13 and her doctor told her to take him to A&E for a blood test if his unexplained illness lasted for another 24 hours.

The next day, Mrs Tweed took Teddy to A&E, but claims they refused to do a test because he did not show “any other symptoms”, such as fever or sore throat.

She said: “They asked if anything in his diet had changed and I mentioned that his formula milk had been exchanged for a different brand because they had a recall, and they said they thought it was probably something dietary.

“He said,‘ it might be constipation, he just needs a little rest ’and I wondered if it’s normal for that to make them so bad and apparently it can.

– So I just take the word of the doctor but I left it only for a day and the next morning I called the doctor anyway.

“I told the doctor, ‘This isn’t right yet, I don’t think this is constipation.’

‘I couldn’t understand how constipation can force you to get sick but I guess I don’t know I’m not a doctor, I just have my faith in them.’

The doctor referred her to a pediatric ward where doctors found he had an infection and gave him oral antibiotics, but did not identify the abscess.

Two days later, he woke up after 14 hours of sleep and his symptoms worsened.

Ms Tweed said: “I told my husband ‘I don’t think this is right’ and at first his initial thought was ‘we’ll just put him to sleep, that’s what the doctors told us to do’.

– I put Teddy on the floor in a sitting position and he had just been laid on the floor completely dead. He had never done that before and had just fallen asleep on the floor.

‘We called an ambulance because we knew that going to A&E would not reach any of what had happened before.

– My partner was holding him and he started having epileptic seizures. I said his name as “Teddy, Teddy, it’s a mummy” but he didn’t answer.

– At the moment I was in absolute disarray. I called 999 again and said he was getting worse and not answering and the ambulance was here within five to ten minutes. ‘

Teddy first fell ill on March 8, when he stopped playing with his toys, went out to eat, and slept for hours longer than usual every day.

The abscess was about 100 ml and Teddy had another operation to drain it again on March 24 and has since recovered well.

Teddy first fell ill on March 8, when he stopped playing with his toys, went out to eat, and slept for hours longer than usual every day.

She said paramedics noticed that one of his pupils had dilated, indicating that there was pressure on his brain.

Teddy was taken to hospital and after a CT scan they were told he had a large swelling and was immediately sent for surgery.

Ms Tweed said: “One of the surgeons pulled me into the room and said‘ we will do what we can to help him but I can’t guarantee everything. We will try our best “.

– We got a call within 40 minutes [of surgery] and they said that he would be well. I think that was just the best call I’ve ever had.

‘They said he had an abscess in his brain and they drained it and they need to check his recovery, but due to the pressure on his brain they didn’t know if there would be any lasting damage.

‘We were obviously over the moon. We went to hell and back but he will be fine.

‘That was the main thing for us. But in the back of my mind I thought – can he talk? And use his arms and legs?

‘We just didn’t know what the consequences would be. The abscess was about a third the size of his brain. It was huge. ‘

The abscess was about 100 ml and Teddy had another operation to drain it again on March 24 and has since recovered well.

Ms Tweed said: ‘It was a roller coaster. But he is so well.

“His recovery shocked the doctors as quickly as he returned to his normal self and he really didn’t have any lasting damage from this, it may have pushed him back a few weeks in his development, but we can deal with that.

‘He’s a little fighter.’

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