Courtney suffers fortnight of pain
By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
A MOUNT Larcom family is seeking answers over the medical treatment of their three-year-old daughter.
Just over two weeks ago, Scott and Joanne Lockyer's daughter Courtney showed the first signs of her illness when she began vomiting on Saturday, December 3.
Joanne Lockyer said on Monday, December 5 they decided to take Courtney to a general practitioner, who said Courtney probably had a virus.
During the week there were some points where Courtney was in severe pain.
'She was doubling over in pain, screaming in agony,' Joanne said.
Courtney was admitted to Gladstone Hospital's emergency ward on Wednesday.
On Thursday, doctors including paediatrician Dr Bob McCrossin performed a number of tests and on Friday scans were done in an attempt to establish what was wrong.
On Friday there was no change in Courtney's condition with a high temperature, cramps and what the doctors had established was an inflammation.
Joanne was very worried about Courtney by Saturday, a week after her illness showed.
'I just wanted answers and I wasn't getting any,' Joanne said.
'Getting poked and prodded by people every day... It was very harrowing seeing her go through that.'
Courtney was flown to Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital last Monday afternoon. Doctors saw her on Tuesday.
Joanne was relieved to finally have an answer when Courtney was diagnosed with a burst appendix that had developed into an infected abscess, but she was left wondering if the result may have been different if the diagnosis had been made earlier.
'You do put faith in doctors and at times like these you do lose it,' Joanne said.
'You put your life and your daughter's in their hands.
'I'm just relieved now that she's starting to get better.'
Gladstone Hospital paediatrician Dr Bob McCrossin said the doctors were unsure of her condition although appendicitis was considered.
However while considering her diagnosis, Courtney did not improve and on Monday morning, while Dr McCrossin said Courtney was not in imminent danger, it was decided she should be transferred.
Dr McCrossin said the hospital would review the case to see if anything could be learnt.
Courtney was recovering from the infection and the appendix would be operated on early in February.