A woman who died after a hospital fall had an extremely rare blood disorder, an inquest heard.
Sonielia Holmes, 23, who was lead manager at the Bletchley branch of Savers, was admitted to Bedford Hospital’s intensive care on April 17 last year, with suspected tonsillitis and gastroenteritis.
Ampthill Coroner’s Court this week heard how doctors initially treated her for an infection and took blood for testing.
During the treatment staff discussed transferring her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, but when a test for bone marrow function came back negative, it was felt she did not need to be moved.
On May 2, Sonielia visited a hospital bathroom and fell from a stool, hit her head, and suffered bleeding to her brain.
Later that morning, she began to suffer fits and was returned to critical care.
A scan revealed serious neurological damage, which could not be operated on.
Despite receiving a transfusion of blood platelets she died on May 4, from multiple organ failure.
Consultant pathologist Dr Martin Goddard told the hearing Sonielia had a rare blood disorder which was triggered by infection.
He said: “The condition destroys blood cells, and it is difficult to switch it off.
“It is a very, very rare disorder. I’d be surprised if the hospital has seen a case before.”
During the inquest her mother Deana Felton questioned hospital staff about the treatment her daughter received, and expressed concern over the drugs administered.
Bedfordshire and Luton Senior Coroner Tom Osborne gave a narrative verdict.
He said: “The brain injury resulted in a lost opportunity to treat her underlying condition and she deteriorated and died from multi-organ failure.”