A woman who died after a fall in Bedford Hospital had an extremely rare blood disorder, an inquest heard.
Sonielia Holmes was 23 when she was admitted to intensive care on April 17, last year, with suspected tonsillitis and gastroenteritis.
At the inquest into her death this week, Ampthill Coroner’s Court heard doctors initially treated her for an infection and took blood for testing.
During the treatment, Sonielia’s doctors discussed transferring her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, but when a test for bone marrow function came back negative, it was felt she did not need to be moved.
As her condition improved, she was transferred to Godber Ward. On May 2, Sonielia visited the 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, Sonielia died on May 4, from multiple organ failure.
Following her death, consultant pathologist Dr Martin Goddard carried out a post mortem examination.
He 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 conclusion of the cause and circumstances of death.
He said: “Sonielia Holmes was admitted to Bedford Hospital on April 17, 2013, suffering from confusion and seizures; she had a history of tonsillitis for the previous two weeks.
“She was eventually diagnosed with Haeomphagocytic Syndrome on May 2, 2013, following a fall which, as a result of her blood disorder, caused a bleed in her brain.
“The brain injury resulted in a lost opportunity to treat her underlying condition and she deteriorated and died from multi organ failure on May 4, 2013.”
Shortly after Sonielia’s death, Ms Felton told the T&C her daughter had never been to hospital, or taken a day off work, before, and the family had just celebrated her promotion to lead manager at the Bletchley branch of Savers.
She said: “She was one of a kind, there will never be another 23-year-old like her. She never wanted to leave me, I’m grateful to have known her and I’m so proud of her.”