Mum accuses GPs of dismissing sons symptoms after he ended up nearly dying

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A young mother has criticised her child's GP after they dismissed serious symptoms twice, meaning the tot was put on oxygen in ICU with doctors saying he wouldn't have made it through the afternoon had he not been brought to hospital.

Seven-week-old Colton spent over 48 hours on oxygen in ICU, with doctors even discussing intubating and ventilating him.

In the lead up to this "horrible" experience, his mother Courtney Nixon, 27, had brought him to his GP twice, but both times she was rebuffed, with practitioners saying there was nothing wrong with Colton.

But mum-of-five Courtney, from Nottingham, knew something was wrong because Colton was vomiting up every feed, his breathing became laboured and he developed a chesty cough, the Mirror reported.

She decided to take her son to their local GP after he had been unable to keep milk down for almost 48 hours.

But the pair were sent home after being told that there was nothing wrong with Colton, and that his breathing was just "normal" newborn breathing.

When he stopped feeding altogether the next day, Courtney returned to the GP surgery. She was told that the baby was just dehydrated, and to take him to a nearby hospital.

Upon arriving at Queens Medical Centre, a simple oxygen check showed his oxygen levels plummeting down into the 40s and he was diagnosed with bronchitis.

Seven-week-old Colton spent over 48 hours on oxygen in ICU, with doctors even discussing intubating and ventilating him.

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Courtney said: “They told me at the hospital that if I had not taken him in when I did, he would not have made it through the afternoon. And it would have been registered as a cot death, because the GP had failed to pick up on what was wrong with him."

She said that within an hour of arriving at hospital, doctors had put him in ICU where he was put on high-pressure oxygen for three days.

Courtney, who has three other sons aged nine, five and two, as well as a four-year-old daughter, is urging GP surgeries to carry out oxygen tests on young children as a matter of course.

As a mum-of-five, she said she knew her baby’s symptoms “weren’t normal” and that something was wrong, and she called on other mothers not to be afraid “to push the doctors if you feel they're not right”.

By not listening to parents’ concerns, GPs were “putting children’s lives at risk”, she said, adding that seeing her baby son in a high-pressure oxygen machine had been “so horrible”.

A week after their ordeal began, the mum and child were finally able to return home and Colton is now breathing normally again.

But a frustrated Courtney has criticised her local GP surgery, Balderton Primary Care Centre, for allowing her son to end up in a critical condition.

Balderton Primary Care Centre have been contacted by the Daily Star for comment.

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