Worried viewers fear baby rushed to hospital has deadly sepsis on Casualty 24/7 – but share dad’s relief at flu diagnosis


WORRIED viewers expressed their distress as a 10-week-old baby was rushed to hospital on Casualty 24/7 last night.

Little Harry was taken to A&E in Barnsley, South Yorks, by his dad Tom who feared he might have deadly sepsis.

 Baby Harry was brought into hospital by his dad who feared he might have deadly sepsis

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Baby Harry was brought into hospital by his dad who feared he might have deadly sepsisCredit: channel 5

The Channel 5 programme showed paramedics rush the tot into the resuscitation suite after his skin “mottled” in the last hour.

Concerned dad Tom can be heard explaining to Dr George Kay that he had been unwell for the last couple of days and was last in hospital three weeks ago with sepsis.

He tells him that he had been in intensive care for a week following his birth due to sepsis – so were taking no chances.

Dr Kay told him: “With a child this young, with the temperature and how he is, we always have to think about sepsis again.”

 Worried dad Tom speaks to Junior Doctor George Kay at Barnsley Hospital over fears his son might have sepsis

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Worried dad Tom speaks to Junior Doctor George Kay at Barnsley Hospital over fears his son might have sepsisCredit: channel 5
 Thankfully 10-week-old Harry turned out to have flu, not the potentially life-threatening condition

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Thankfully 10-week-old Harry turned out to have flu, not the potentially life-threatening conditionCredit: channel 5

Viewers watched anxiously as Dr Kay struggled to insert a cannula in the baby’s arm but struggled because his veins were so “tiny”.

Michelle Walker tweeted: “Oh God I can’t stand watching the babies being treated.”

Another person said: “Oh the sounds poor baby Harry is making.”

Trying to soothe both dad and son, Dr Kay can be heard saying: “We’re going to get this done as quick as we can and then we’re gonna stop being mean.”

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Eventually he was able to insert the cannula and explained to Tom that they would take a blood test to check for the potentially life-threatening condition.

Tom asked: “You think it is sepsis that he’s got, then?”

“It’s what he have to treat him for. It’s difficult to know,” Dr Kay replies. “We’ve got a lot of kids and adults who come in to A&E who might have sepsis.

“The real test is a blood test to see if any bugs physically grow in the blood because that’s what sepsis is.

“The trouble is that these results take a few days to come back. And if you have someone’s that poorly, you don’t want to wait a couple of days.”

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Harry was then transferred to the paediatric unit where he was diagnosed with the flu, rather than sepsis.

Much to everyone’s relief, he made a full recovery.

Carole Blain posted on Twitter: “So glad it wasn’t sepsis, bless him.”

  • Casualty 24/7 is available on My5

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