Teen Told She Had A “Boring” Virus Dies Shortly After The Tragic Misdiagnosis

A talented teenage artist tragically died after doctors at Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Surrey, misdiagnosed her meningitis as a “boring” virus. Nineteen-year-old Mia Ginever’s death has sparked outrage and calls for better medical protocols.

Mia, a straight-A student with a bright future, was admitted to the hospital with severe headache pain and red spots on her skin that didn’t fade under pressure. Despite her deteriorating condition, including a stiff neck and delirium, medics delayed administering life-saving antibiotics due to what has been described as “conscious bias” from the initial diagnosis.

The delay in proper medical care led to a devastating outcome. It took eight hours for the doctors to administer antibiotics, by which time it was too late. Mia died two days later in intensive care in March 2022. Her mother, Mel Ginever, heartbreakingly recounted Mia’s plea not to let her die as she was rushed to the hospital.

Upon her arrival at the hospital, Mia’s symptoms were not immediately recognized as meningitis. The attending registrar refused to carry out blood tests or give her antibiotics, opting instead for fluids and pain relief. It was only after a new doctor came on shift that blood tests were ordered, revealing that Mia had meningitis B. Unfortunately, this diagnosis came too late to save her life.

Mia’s mother, Mel, has spoken out about the ordeal, describing how she witnessed her daughter’s condition worsen while waiting for a proper assessment. The delay in treatment was attributed to the initial misdiagnosis, which led medical staff to believe Mia was suffering from a less serious illness.

Frimley Park Hospital admitted that doctors did not follow NHS protocol, which mandates the administration of antibiotics within an hour of a patient’s arrival when meningitis or sepsis is suspected. This failure to adhere to guidelines has prompted an inquest into Mia’s death, which began at Surrey coroner’s court in Woking and is set to conclude on Friday.

Mia’s father, Phil Ginever, expressed his devastation over the loss of his daughter, describing the care she received as “so poor.” He noted the lasting pain of her death and the missed opportunity to prevent it through timely medical intervention.

Following Mia’s death, her parents have raised £70,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation and have been actively raising awareness about the meningitis B vaccine. They hope that their efforts will prevent other families from experiencing similar tragedies.

The Ginevers have also been vocal about the need for hospitals to learn from their mistakes. Deborah Nadel, a legal director at Fieldfisher representing the family in the inquest and an ongoing negligence claim, emphasized the importance of improving hospital procedures to prevent future cases like Mia’s.

Mia had expressed a desire to be an organ donor, a wish that has since helped save the lives of four people. Her mother described the recipients as “lucky” to have a part of Mia giving them a second chance at life.

The tragic case of Mia Ginever highlights the critical need for accurate and timely medical diagnoses and the severe consequences of failure in medical protocol adherence. The inquest aims to shed light on these issues and drive improvements in healthcare practices.