It has been found that the tragic death of an 11 year old girl who had contracted meningitis was as a result of medical negligence, after an Inquest was carried out.

Annalise Luffingham sadly died in February 2020 after falling ill with the illness.  According to the article, from the Daily Record, there were multiple failures from Croydon University Hospital’s Children’s A&E including failing to correctly complete tests for sepsis.  As a result of their actions, there was a failure to transfer her appropriately for specialist paediatric care.

Symptoms that Annalise had included headaches, eye pain, dizziness, confusion, high temperature and vomitting for several days.  As staff failed to carry out the sepsis tests correctly, she was unable to receive the treatment that she required.  There were other additional failures by multiple staff & departments, which included failing to act upon her deteriorating health.  The Trust admitted liability for Annalise’s death.

Awareness of Sepsis symptoms is very important, given that it is such a fast acting condition.   Annalise’s family have shared their story in the hope that they can at least save one life.

This case of Annalise is so very sad, and unfortunately mistakes can happen whilst receiving medical treatment.

If you or a loved one you know has been affected by the failure to correctly treat sepsis, or any other medical condition, and you would like to talk to someone to see if there are grounds for a potential medical negligence claim, please contact medical negligence specialists, Graystons Solicitors on 0151 645 0055 or email for a non-obligation call back.


An inquest last week concluded that baby Libby had died of natural causes after falling ill with deadly Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. Following the inquest, South Western Ambulance Service Trust acknowledged that it had learnt lessons from Libby’s death on the importance of spotting the signs of and treating sepsis.


Sepsis  is the body’s overwhelming and life threatening response to infection and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Sepsis is often very difficult to detect, particularly in children and babies, as the early symptoms are easily confused with other, less serious conditions. It is essential that sepsis is diagnosed and treated early to ensure a good recovery but sadly it is not always detected by healthcare professionals, as was the case with baby Libby.


If you have concerns regarding a delayed diagnosis of sepsis, one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors would be happy to speak with you and advise you on your options, including a formal complaint and a legal claim. There is no initial charge for discussing this with us and we will talk you through your options, including how to fund a case and the possibility of a no win no fee arrangement (conditional fee agreement or CFA).