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Worry over phone misdiagnosis

5th August 2009

A mother is concerned that the country’s preoccupation with swine flu almost cost her son’s life after he was misdiagnosed.

Callum Meaker, 13, from South Gloucestershire was told he had swine flu after calling an NHS helpline with a high temperature, but it turned out he had a serious kidney infection. He was taken into hospital several days later where he spent almost a week recovering before being discharged. His mother Karen Sarkozi said other illnesses were being overlooked because of swine flu.

 

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