A DEVASTATED mum says her children were put in the care of social services after doctors misdiagnosed her 15-month-old daughter’s arm injury.
Kimberley Millard, 30, said doctors at Pontefract Hospital incorrectly diagnosed her toddler Faye-Louise with a “pulled elbow” after the youngster fell from a sofa.
Miss Millard, of Priory Road, Featherstone, said she and her partner Scott Jackson were stunned when social services put the tot and their five-year-old son Callum into the care of their grandparents because doctors claimed the injury – which was diagnosed five days later as two hairline fractures – was “inconsistent with a fall from a sofa”.
She said: “It’s been like a nightmare and we have been waiting to wake up from it. It didn’t feel real. Everything that’s happened has been for the wrong reasons.
“They took our children away when they shouldn’t have done – if they had diagnosed her properly this wouldn’t have happened.”
The mum-of-two said she took Faye-Louise to the Friarwood Lane accident and emergency department on March 15 and was told by a junior doctor her daughter had injured her elbow.
Miss Millard said doctors attempted to “twist” the youngster’s arm back into place causing her to “scream the hospital down” and transferred her to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield for the night.
Social services then visited the family home on March 16 to put the children in the care of their grandparents – Featherstone town councillor John Jackson and his partner Barbara Dyer – meaning the family were apart on Mother’s Day.
But Miss Millard said it wasn’t until a follow-up appointment at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield on March 19 that doctors X-rayed Faye-Louise and found two hairline fractures in her lower arm – which she said they admitted were consistent with a fall.
Miss Millard added: “It wasn’t until Monday that the doctor pinpointed it straight away and social services said we could have our children back.
“It was such a relief, it was a weight off my shoulders, but we shouldn’t have had to suffer at all. Mid Yorkshire Trust has sent me a letter saying the bones were hiding behind each other and that was the reason they couldn’t find the fractures.
“But that’s just a cover story, they know they have done wrong at the end of the day. Doctors left Faye-Louise five days without a proper diagnosis and without proper support on her arm. She was clearly in agony.
“I think this is going to be with me for the rest of my life – the whole thing was just awful. We just want our names cleared and the whole thing putting to bed.”
Prof Tim Hendra, medical director at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We have been in contact with Miss Millard and will be carrying out a thorough investigation.”
Social services declined to comment.