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Malaga hospital opens an internal investigation into the death of a four-month-old girl

A meeting demanding justice for Valentina.
A meeting demanding justice for Valentina. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The little girl died in the Materno Infantil's intensive care unit after being treated and discharged from the emergency departments of two hospitals several times over a five-day period

The Andalusian Government’s delegate in Malaga, Patricia Navarro, has offered her condolences to the family of the four-and-a-half-month-old girl who died in the intensive care unit at Malaga’s Materno Infantil last week.

Before, finally, being admitted to the ICU, the child had been treated and discharged on several occasions from the QuirónSalud Málaga and Materno Infantil hospitals.

“I want to do it as a government delegate but, above all, as a mother. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a four-month-old child,” said Navarro.

The delegate said that the matter is being investigated and in the hands of the courts. “When an incident like this happens, the hospital opens an internal investigation that runs in parallel with the complaint filed by the family.”

Court investigates death

The death of the baby is being investigated by a court in Malaga after the family filed a complaint which explains that the girl was taken several times, over a five-day period, to the emergency departments of the Quirónsalud Málaga and Materno Infantil hospitals where she was treated and discharged. Her paediatrician also saw her. The girl had presented with a high fever, rash, respiratory infection and vomiting. She died overnight (September 23 to 24) in the Materno Infantil’s intensive care unit where he had been admitted in the morning.

Family complaint

In the complaint, which SUR has seen, it indicates the family does not know the exact cause of death. Family sources have told the newspaper that the girl could have suffer a blood infection. Relatives and friends of the girl's parents gathered outside the emergency department of the Quirónsalud Málaga on Monday, top highlight the case of Valentina, for whom they demanded justice.

"We just want to be heard and make sure that this does not happen to any family again," said the grandmother of the girl.