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Dog bite danger warning after London author dies from sepsis



n alert has been issued in regards to the danger of canine bites after a girl died all of the sudden from sepsis after rescuing a stranger’s canine that was preventing with considered one of her pets.

Stacey Alexander-Harriss, 42, was initially stated by docs to have died from Covid, lower than 12 hours after being taken by ambulance to King George hospital, in Ilford.

But her husband Nick Harriss found three months later that – as he suspected – her dying had as an alternative been brought on by sepsis.

Mrs Alexander-Harriss was bitten by a small poodle on June 15 final 12 months as she walked her two bull terriers beside the Thames at Canada Water, previous to visiting a pal on her first time out after the lifting of the primary lockdown.

Her pal cleaned and bandaged the bite. Mrs Alexander-Harriss didn’t search a tetanus injection as she had had one a number of years earlier that supplied her safety.


She began to really feel unwell the next day, and worse the day after, displaying signs akin to meals poisoning. Her husband referred to as the NHS 111 helpline, knowledgeable the physician he spoke with in regards to the canine bite, and an ambulance was dispatched. She was admitted to A&E at King George hospital.

Mr Harriss, a monetary adviser, instructed the Standard: “As the night time went on, they stated she was very badly ailing – I used to be not allowed to accompany or go to her as a consequence of Covid restrictions.

“At that time I assumed she may need acquired considered one of these superbugs like MRSA. She was taken from A&E to intensive care.

“In the morning I acquired the decision that none of us need to obtain, saying that she had sadly handed away. There have been 12 hours between her being first seen by the ambulance and her dying.”

Stacey with considered one of her canine, Tommy

East London coroner Nadia Persaud stated in a story verdict that Mrs Alexander-Harriss, a youngsters’s author and designer from Ilford, “died on account of an amazing bacterial an infection brought on by a canine bite”.

The coroner has despatched a prevention of future deaths report back to Public Health England, warning there’s a “data hole” within the medical career in regards to the micro organism, Capncytophagia canimorsus, which is often discovered within the mouths of canine and cats.

She stated elevating consciousness might forestall related tragedies – including that the sooner administration of antibiotics “may need made a distinction” to saving Mrs Alexander-Harriss.

Mr Harriss stated the hospital had instructed him his spouse’s dying, on June 18, “seems to be like covid”, although he knew she had displayed not one of the apparent signs, and her sickness had appeared very quickly.

“It was not a extreme wound, which is the place I feel a variety of the issues got here from,” he instructed the Standard.

“If it had been a extreme wound or if she had been bitten by a Doberman relatively than just a little poodle, she in all probability would have gone to A&E, they usually might have taken the wound itself extra significantly.”

In September, checks on samples of blood taken on the time of her admission to hospital revealed the presence of the micro organism.

Mr Harriss recalled: “The ambulance crew weren’t very involved in regards to the canine bite, however they have been involved about her blood stress and heartbeat. There was no apparent signal of an infection and the wound was clear. They have been notably involved she was very dehydrated after her illness.

“It’s a really uncommon incidence. However, it’s regarding that A&E docs are unaware {that a} canine bite which isn’t oozing pus or is a wound that wants stitches would possibly nonetheless be an issue the place the affected person is exhibiting the indicators of sepsis.

“The huge query is bluntly: if she had been pumped filled with antibiotics as quickly as she acquired there, would which have made a distinction? What is obvious is that the hospital didn’t regard the canine bite as an issue. They have been satisfied on the time that she had died of Covid, and far of her remedy was Covid-related.

“The A&E and ICU docs admitted they have been utterly unaware of the sort of micro organism after I questioned them on the inquest. Not giving her antibiotics immediately appears to me ridiculous.”

Public Health England stated: “We can verify that the coroner’s report has been obtained and PHE will reply by July 2.”

Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, which runs King George hospital, has been approached for remark.