Emergency GP referral may have saved toddler

A toddler’s death from myocarditis might have been prevented had his GP referred him to a hospital for an X-ray or echocardiogram, an inquest has found.

The 20-month-old boy’s death has prompted a reminder from South Australian coroner Mark Johns that GPs adopt a “low threshold” for emergency referral or urgent X-ray.

The boy died on 12 July 2013 following several visits to his GP, as the boy’s mother became increasingly concerned about his worsening condition.

The boy had presented with symptoms of a mild cold 11 days before his death during his 18-month immunisation