Teenage girl who died at NGH following Reading Festival had rare disorder, coroner finds

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A 17-year-old girl who passed away at Northampton General Hospital after being taken ill at a music festival died from a metabolic disorder.

Esme Bloor-Rimmer became unwell with vomiting at the Reading Music Festival in August 2013.

She was taken to accident and emergency at the Royal Berkshire Hospital on August 25 where the doctors suspected gastroenteritis, but was sent home the same day.

However, the next day, while visiting Northampton, she continued to be ill and was taken by ambulance to Northampton General Hospital. Doctors were initially unclear what the cause of her deterioration was and believed at the time it could have been either drug-related, meningitis or encephalitis.

She suffered a cardiac arrest and died the same day.

An inquest has now revealed that post mortem and specialist tests later showed the cause of her death to have been a very rare metabolic disorder called MCADD, which is found in approximately 1 in 10,000 of the population – most frequently in infants.

The coroner, Anne Pember, recorded a verdict of death due to natural causes.