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Sent home pregnant teenager dies

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Kayleigh died after being discharged from Rochdale Infirmary

An expectant mother died a day after she was sent home from a hospital with stomach pains.

Kayleigh Burke, 17, went to Rochdale Infirmary because she thought she was in labour - but doctors diagnosed a urinary infection and sent her home.

Her condition worsened and when she was rushed back the next day her baby had died. Kayleigh died a few hours later.

The hospital has sent condolences to the family and said it was awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

Kayleigh, of Turf Hill, Rochdale was seven months pregnant when she began experiencing severe stomach pain, her family told the BBC.

The coroner has been notified and we are unable to comment further at this stage
Hospital spokesman

Believing she was in labour, she went to Rochdale Infirmary, where doctors diagnosed an infection and prescribed antibiotics.

But when she returned home, her family say her condition worsened overnight and she began vomiting.

She died a few hours after being re-admitted the following day. Her family say they are awaiting the results of post-mortem tests before deciding what to do next.

A spokesman for Rochdale Infirmary said: "Our condolences go to Kayleigh's family, with whom we have already spoken.

"Both A&E and maternity staff were deeply distressed and we have offered them additional help and support.

"The coroner has been notified and we are unable to comment further at this stage."


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