Girl, 3, dies of bowel cancer four days after doctors sent her home from hospital with laxatives

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A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl died after doctors dismissed her bowel cancer as constipation and sent her home from hospital with laxatives, her parents claim.

Francesca Sio died of a heart attack four days after her parents were told to care for their daughter themselves.

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Francesca Sio, who died after doctors failed to detect a tumour in her bowel, her parents claim[/caption]

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Francesca died just days after being sent home from Princess Royal University Hospital[/caption]

A post mortem revealed medics had failed to spot a 5cm tumour that had caused the blockage in Francesca’s bowel.

After her death, Francesca’s dad John and mum Lorraine were then told by a senior doctor: “What happened to Francesca was very rare . It was bad luck,” reports the Mail on Sunday.

John, a financial consultant from Bromley, Kent, told the publication: “That made us feel so angry.”

The 36-year-old said he first took Francesca to their GP after she suffered a fever and was struggling with bowel movements.

We feel that at every point she was let down by the medical professionals she came into contact with


John Sio

He said she was suffering from constipation and prescribed a laxative.

But six days later Francesca became increasingly distressed so the Sios took her to Princess Royal Hospital in Orpington, Kent.

After again being examined by a GP – and a paediatrician – they also diagnosed constipation.

According to the paper, a nurse tried to insert a suppository but it failed to work and they were again sent home with laxatives.

She meant the world to us


Lorraine Sio

Four days later Francesca went into cardiac arrest, caused by a blood clot related to the tumour which got lodged in a lung.

Paramedics tried to save her but, despite their efforts, she sadly died at 5.37am.

John added: “We feel that at every point she was let down by the medical professionals she came into contact with. We believe Francesca exhibited symptoms that were looked at by a number of doctors overly optimistically, instead of with caution, meaning crucial diagnostic tests were not undertaken.”

Lorraine, also a financial consultant, said: “Francesca was a Disney-princess-loving angel – always cheerful, fun-loving and easy-going. She meant the world to us.”


The family were initially denied an inquest on the grounds Francesca had died of “natural causes” on April 1, 2017.

However, one was finally granted after they appealed to the High Court.

It will be held in November.

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