A massive dose of steroids, prescribed by a top teaching hospital, suppressed the nine-year-old’s immune system and turned chicken pox into a killer… Lexie’s mum and dad will never get over the feeling of guilt that they should have stopped the treatment when they saw her suffering.
But they blame hospital doctors for not warning them that the steroid drug Prednisolone, can have dangerous side effects.
“Lexie would still be alive today if we had known,” says violinist Art McConnell.
“This is a case of the cure killing her, and we would never have taken that risk if we had been properly Informed.”
The McConnells are not alone in facing tragedy and despair causéd by steroid treatments. Nearly a thousand sufferers are preparing legal action against the drug companies.
The cases are being coordinated by London solicitors Evill and Coleman where Terry Lee, the lawyer in charge, said yesterday: “This could be the biggest series of lawsuits in British legal history.”
Many of the people represented by Lee complain that they have been put on steroid drugs without being told of potential complications.
The tragedy Of Lexie started last summer when the child was playing with her friends and noticed that she had blurred vision in one eye.
Doctors at the famous John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. diagnosed disease called toxoplasmosis — caught from cats and passed on in the womb —which can lead to blindness unless treated.