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A teen died from sepsis connected a schoolhouse travel to New York aft telling teachers she felt unwell, an inquest heard.

Ana Uglow, 17, a pupil astatine Bristol grammar school, was pronounced dormant astatine Mount Sinai West infirmary successful December 2019.

Avon coroner’s tribunal heard she was connected a schoolhouse travel to Washington, Philadelphia and New York astatine the time.

Her parents said Ana told teachers she thought she had a thorax corruption and asked to spot a doc 2 days earlier her death, but this was “refused”.

However, a teacher told the inquest Ana had lone complained of feeling bushed and having a blocked nose, and did not straight inquire to spot a doctor.

The inquest, owed to past for 5 days, heard Ana collapsed successful her edifice country connected the greeting of December 19 and was pronounced dormant aft arriving astatine the hospital.

A study by the main aesculapian examiner of the metropolis of New York concluded that Ana, of Redland, Bristol, had died from bronchopneumonia and sepsis complicating an influenza precocious respiratory infection.

In a connection work to the inquest, Ana‘s parent Natalia Uglow described however she was a “conscientious” pupil who was precise progressive successful the schoolhouse and was a elder prefect.

Ana had been disconnected schoolhouse with a cold-like symptoms for 2 days earlier the travel but felt amended and acceptable disconnected to Washington from Bristol aboriginal connected 14 December.

The pursuing day, Ana told her parent that she was “exhausted” and had done a walking circuit of Washington with chap students and teachers Rory Hambly and Ellice Clare.

On 16 December, Ana “described that she had nary vigor to walk” and had asked to enactment astatine the edifice portion the radical went to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

They travelled by bid from Washington to Philadelphia connected 17 December and Ana called her parent respective times during the journey.

“Ana said that she was disquieted she had a thorax infection, that she felt overmuch worse and had a fever and a cough,” Mrs Uglow said.

“I was acrophobic astir her and said to Ana to talk to the teachers and inquire them to spot a doc and telephone maine back. I told her to exaggerate her symptoms if indispensable to get the effect and accidental that her parents were concerned.

“I besides offered to talk to them myself. I judge Ana spoke to Mr Hambly arsenic she reported backmost that Mr Hambly had told her that she would person had a higher somesthesia if she had a thorax corruption and advised her to instrumentality paracetamol.

“I was besides told helium had besides suggested that they spell to a pharmacist successful Philadelphia to get immoderate stronger drugs and that if she felt worse successful New York they would instrumentality her to a doctor.”

Later that day, Ana sent her parent a substance connection to accidental she was feeling “a spot better”.

Mrs Uglow told the inquest: “She was concerned, she was disquieted and to my dying time I volition ne'er forgive myself for not pursuing done my petition for her to spot a doc and not phoning the teachers myself and putting unit connected them.”

On 18 December, Ana told her parent she had not slept arsenic she was sick and had asked the teachers if she could enactment successful her edifice country that time but they had “forced her to spell connected a walking circuit arsenic they could not permission her alone”.

The pursuing day, Dr Uglow received a telephone telephone from the school’s headteacher stating that Ana was successful a captious information successful hospital.

Giving evidence, Hambly said Ana complained of feeling bushed and having a blocked chemoreceptor successful the days earlier her death.

On the bid journey, she asked “about if she was feeling worse successful New York what would the concern beryllium astir getting to a doctor” but did not straight inquire to spot one, helium said.

On 18 December, Ana came connected the walking circuit earlier buying with a person but that evening she had a “coughing fit” and “lent implicit a bin and retched” during a circuit of the Empire State Building, helium said.

Hambly was awoken by Ana knocking connected his doorway complaining of feeling unwell, her bosom racing and a sore backmost astatine astir 6.30am connected 19 December.

He said Ana was walking and talking “normally” and returned to her edifice country but astir an hr later, her person came and said she was unwell.

“Not adjacent successful my wildest dreams could I person imagined what the adjacent fewer minutes were going to bring,” Hambly said.

Ana collapsed successful the country soon aft Hambly arrived. He called the exigency services and she was taken to hospital, wherever she was pronounced dormant astatine 10am.

The inquest continues.

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