East Surrey Hospital review over Georgina Weaver death

Georgina Weaver
Image caption Georgina Weaver's files have been reviewed by an expert in the US

An immediate review has begun of the care given to a teenager who died at Redhill's East Surrey Hospital.

Georgina Weaver, 19, died in August after suffering from severe headaches and blurred vision.

An expert in the US believes she had a condition called Chiari, where the brain presses on the spinal cord, which could have been treated with surgery.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust have started a review after hearing his findings.

Georgina's parents Angie and Laurence Weaver, from Warlingham, said they now suspected Georgina had Chiari, but the exact cause of death has not been established following delays in post-mortem tests.

Medical director Des Holden said the trust had met with the parents and been working with them to understand their daughter's condition.

Acting on the wishes of the family, the trust sent her medical files to the founder of the International Chiari Association for review earlier this year, Mr Holden said.

"We immediately commenced another review in light of his (the expert's) opinion," he said.

"Once our investigation is complete, we would welcome another discussion with Georgina's parents to go through our findings."

Image caption Georgina's mother, Angie Weaver, believes surgery could have prevented her daughter's death

Mrs Weaver said the family was still grieving and the process was harder now they believed Georgina had a condition that could have been treated.

"If they found it early on, she may still be here," she said.

Mr and Mrs Weaver are now waiting to meet hospital chiefs and hear the findings of the review.

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