Legal action looms for GP cleared after 'notorious presentation'

The young patient's family will sue the doctor over the appendicitis misdiagnosis death, say lawyers

A coroner has refused to criticise a GP who diagnosed his 13-year-old patient with gastroenteritis, only for the child to die from retrocaecal appendicitis five days later.

Michelle Degenhardt
Luca's mother Michelle Degenhardt. Photo: AAP

The inquest was told by expert witnesses they could have easily made the same misdiagnosis of a 'notorious presentation'.

It followed an investigation