Strep A: Penarth household traumatised by daughter’s loss of life

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The mother and father of a woman who died from Strep A stated they’ve been left traumatised by her loss of life.

Seven-year-old Hanna Roap, from Penarth, died from invasive Group A Streptococcal illness (iGAS), or Strep A.

Her father Hasan described her as a “bubbly” daughter, who was “always smiling” and added “we’re just numb at the moment, we don’t know what to do”.

Following her loss of life, a multi-agency evaluate has been put in place

Across the UK six youngsters have died with an invasive type of the Strep A bacterial an infection in latest months.

Strep A infections are often delicate, inflicting sickness starting from a sore throat to scarlet fever, however they will develop right into a extra severe invasive Group A Strep (iGAS) an infection.

Mr Roap stated his household are “traumatised” and “devastated”.

He stated his daughter got here home from faculty on Thursday, 24 November with a light cough.

By the night, her cough had acquired worse.

The Roap Family

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As she was struggling to sleep, he stated he gave her an antihistamine and her inhaler.

He stated he hoped that “if she slept it off, she might feel better” the following day.

However, when the household wakened on the Friday, Hanna was no higher, so her father took her to the GP, who prescribed steroids.

“I’m not a medical professional, so I took what the GP said,” Hasan added.

At round 20:00 GMT that day, Mr Roap had left for work when his spouse Salah referred to as him to say Hanna had stopped shifting.

He rushed again and referred to as an ambulance.

“I started doing CPR on this bed here, I wasn’t able to revive her,” he stated, wanting over at his daughter’s mattress.

Within half an hour of the ambulance arriving, seven-year-old Hanna had been pronounced useless.

Mum Salah With Hanna

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“I don’t have all the information to hand so I can’t pass judgment. I hope that everything is examined and checked correctly,” he stated.

“I just want peace of mind that everything was done correctly. If it was, then I can’t blame anyone.”

‘Always as much as mischief’

The group in Penarth has rallied round to assist the household.

The headteacher of Victoria Primary School, the place Hanna was a pupil, has visited the household.

A lot of folks got here to her funeral on Friday, which 37-year-old Mr Roap stated mirrored how a lot his daughter was cherished.

“They didn’t come for us, they came for her,” he stated.

“She was a bubbly character who was always up to mischief and it is dead silence now in the house.

“We have to recollect her in the appropriate method, however on the similar time we have got to move ahead with our harm.”

Following the death, a procedural review of unexpected death in childhood will be taking place.