A TEENAGE girl died due to a delay in receiving specialist emergency care, an inquest will be told.

Amy Allan passed away aged14 on September 28 last year, a month after receiving surgery for curvature of the spine at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Amy, from Dalry, North Ayrshire, was born with Noonan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s normal development and causes heart problems. The family were told she might not reach childhood.

However, she defied doctors expectations, attending school full-time and becoming a keen first aider ( Amy was posthumously named Young First Aid Volunteer of the Year and an award was created in her honour.

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She was referred to Great Ormond Street for surgery in early September last year after developing curvature of the spine because it offers specialist cardiac care, including ECMO (extracorporeal life support, similar to heart bypass). 

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The surgery was successful but Amy died 23 days later after she developed Sepsis and multi-organ failure. Her family say an independent expert believes this was due to a decision to take her off a ventilator too soon after surgery and a delay in receiving ECMO, when her condition deteriorated.

Mum Leigh Allan, who also has a 10-year-old son Ryan, believes the alleged errors have been “covered up” by the hospital.

She said: “I know the team didn’t mean to harm Amy but they did mean to sit in a room and cover it up.”

The three-day inquest will get underway today at St Pancras Coroner’s Court.

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Lawyers representing the family said: “Amy’s family are left with scores of questions, very few answers and many concerns about what they perceive as a cover up by GOSH. 

“Their lives will never be the same again. 

“They will continue to miss Amy’s company, her humour and wit, her love, affection and laughter. 

“At the very least, they hope that her inquest next week will address their concerns and provide answers to the questions as to how and why she died.”

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A spokesperson for Great Ormond Street Hospital said:  “We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Amy’s family.

"We are sorry that they have concerns about the care she received, and we hope that the inquest provides them with the answers to the questions they have about her death.

“Our thoughts remain with Amy’s family during this extremely difficult time.”