Evie-Beth Taylor suffered with the ‘worst chicken pox’ her doctors had ever seen – but she was turned away from A&E twice. She was just five when she was taken to the doctor with chickenpox. However the rash was so bad, professionals initially told her parents it might be a rare genetic disease – and not chicken pox at all.
The infection was so severe the little girl was left screaming in pain whenever she was touched, making it impossible for mum Lianne Taylor, to clean her airways. So poorly she couldn’t eat, drink or even use the toilet, Evie-Beth’s nose became so clogged with ‘rock hard’ mucus, leaving the little girl struggling to breathe.
Pubs without beer gardens are struggling in heatwave because everyone wants to be outside Lianne called paramedics and her poorly daughter was rushed to A&E twice in just two days. But Lianne claims she was ‘treated like an over the top parent’ and turned away both times, being told that she had to wait 10 days for the antibiotics prescribed by her GP to work. Desperate, Lianne took her daughter back to the GP once more who immediately arranged for her to go straight to hospital – where doctors told Lianne she was lucky to have brought her in when she did. After four days in hospital Evie-Beth was finally allowed to return home but it took months for the spots to completely go.
She has been left with scarring across her face and body. The infection was so severe the little girl was left screaming in pain whenever she was touched, making it impossible for mum Lianne Taylor, 33, to clean her airways. ‘We couldn’t get near her to wash her down or clean it away because she was screaming in pain’. A year on, Lianne has decided to share the shocking images of Evie-Beth’s ordeal to raise awareness of just how serious chickenpox can be. Lianne, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, said: ‘It was really traumatic seeing Evie-Beth like this.
‘She was struggling to breathe because she was so blocked up with mucus that went really hard. ‘We couldn’t get near her to wash her down or clean it away because she was screaming in pain. ‘The spots just kept coming and coming. Even when she was in hospital the doctors were coming in everyday and she was coming out with more and more spots. ‘The doctors said they had never seen chickenpox that bad. ‘They had a photographer come in and take photos of her skin because they had never seen a case as bad as hers before. They didn’t know why.’ Happy and healthy, the now seven-year-old Evie-Beth is still bothered by her scars from her chickenpox.
Mum-of-two Lianne first noticed a spot on her daughter’s arm on February 4 2017 and thought it could be chickenpox. When the infection broke out in spots all over her body on February 8, her worried mum and dad Stuart Taylor bathed her in a bath with oats and rubbed her with creams and camomile lotions to ease the itch.
Teenager’s inspirational notes on bridge have already saved eight people’s lives But their daughter only got worse. Lianne started sleeping in the same bed as little Evie-Beth so she could wake her up every hour to give her a drink. Her GP prescribed her with antibiotics – but when paramedics took Evie-Beth to A&E on February 10 they turned her away.
It wasn’t until her GP sent Evie-Beth straight to Darlington Memorial Hospital on February 13 that the little girl was finally admitted. Lianne, who studies history at Teesside University, said: ‘It was absolutely awful.
It was really bad. Being sent away from A & E made me feel like I was treated like an over the top parent. ‘It was horrendous. It was a really tough time.’ Lianne started sleeping in the same bed as little Evie-Beth so she could wake her up every hour to give her a drink. Lianne said: ‘She is a happy bouncy girl.
What upsets me most is that she does say she looks funny now and that’s heartbreaking to hear. Dogs still need exercise during the heatwave ‘I still tell her she’s beautiful even though she’s got these scars. She doesn’t have a lot but there are many of them on her face. ‘I hope they will fade away for her.’
A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘While we cannot comment on individual patient cases we always welcome feedback on our services, especially where patients or their loved ones feel they have not received the care they would expect.