A teenage girl who died of meningitis was sent home from hospital 48 hours before her death and told it was “just a virus,” a panel has heard.
Isabel Gentry was “not given a chance,” her mom told the court.
The 16-year-old, known as Izzy, was rushed to Bristol Royal Infirmary after she fell ill, suffering a severe headache, vomiting and fainting, on May 18 last year.
She was discharged four hours later, after doctors told her mom it was “just a virus”.
The investigation into her death, which is expected to last five days, heard the student was taken to hospital at 1 a.m. and discharged at 5 a.m.
But the teenager had to be readmitted to the hospital 24 hours later after her condition got worse.
Two days later on May 20, Izzy died from meningitis, in intensive care.
An MRI scan revealed irrecoverable brain swelling caused by the disease.
Having carried out a review, the UK’s National Health Service Foundation Trust said Izzy’s treatment was “appropriate”, adding her initial symptoms were “not typical of meningitis”.
Claire Booty, told the hearing in Bristol, her daughter’s first assessment by doctors was “cursory and brief.”
She recalled how her daughter “could hardly walk,” but was sent home.
“Given the symptoms were flu-like, I was given no guidance about what to look out for if her condition deteriorated.
“Izzy wasn’t given a chance.”
When she got home about 6 p.m., Booty said her daughter was complaining of a headache and took Tylenol about an hour later.
“Her symptoms became worse,” she told the hearing.
“I rang  to seek further advice. My husband and I discussed meningitis.”
After calling for an ambulance Booty said the paramedics “seemed fixated about an upset stomach”.
Izzy was admitted at 1 a.m., and after examining her doctors sent her home four hours later.
“I was concerned that the examination was not particularly thorough and that the doctor was distracted,” Izzy’s mom told the panel.
She said she showed medics a letter from her daughter’s college warning about meningitis.
Nurses reassured Booty it was “just a virus” and Izzy was sent home, but struggled to walk to her mom’s car.
The following day at 5:30 pm she called another ambulance after her daughter’s condition got worse.
By the time paramedics arrived for a second time, Izzy was not able to communicate and her limbs were “thrashing and flailing”.
Within half an hour of arriving at A&E, doctors warned Ms Booty her daughter was likely to be suffering meningitis and she was moved to intensive care.
An MRI scan the following day showed irreversible brain damage and that Izzy was brain dead.
She died at 7:30 pm that day. The panel heard the most likely cause of death was meningococcal meningitis.
Giving evidence, Ms Booty said: “Izzy said, ‘mom, I can’t believe they’re sending me home, I feel so ill’.”
Ms Booty said her daughter was complaining, “asking for the lights to be turned down”, while in hospital.
The 16-year-old even took to Twitter to tell friends about her hospital visit, two days before she died.
She wrote: “Lol I knew something was up.
“Did not expect I’d be rushed to hospital in an ambulance, how peak.”
Paying tribute after her death, friends described Izzy as “gorgeous” and “bubbly”.
Her step-sister Betty Booty, wrote on Facebook at the time: “I am very hesitant to post this, but feel this is the easiest way to tell my family and friends at the same time.
“Yesterday my beautiful step-sister Izzy Gentry passed away.
“My heart is broken knowing we will not be able to do so many of the things we have always talked about.
“We were both the sisters neither of us ever had and you will forever be by my side for the rest of my life.
“Rest in paradise, my little best friend.”
The investigation continues.