Midlothian carer praises local GP practice after young boy's 'terrifying' experience

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A Midlothian woman has praised quick-thinking staff at her local doctor's practice after the child she cares for was rushed to hospital when he took unwell in the waiting room.

Little Todd Meechan was taken to Dalkeith Medical Practice on Tuesday, June 4, by his full-time carer Kate Krawczyk as he was suffering from persistent wheezing and looked 'generally pale'.

Once Kate and Todd arrived at the practice, they sat in the waiting room ahead of their appointment but Todd could not stop coughing and Kate started to fear the worst.

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After asking the receptionist to urgently see a doctor, Todd was seen instantly and one of the nurses quickly alerted a doctor and and phoned for an ambulance with Todd's condition seemingly deteriorating.

He was blue-lighted to the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People but soon enough, Todd made a miraculous recovery with doctors putting his poor health down to a virus. However, Kate has shown her appreciation for the way staff at the practice dealt with what was a "terrifying" situation.

Speaking to Edinburgh Live Kate said: "I've never had to deal with anything like that before.

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Todd was in high spirits when he returned a few days later for a check-up. -Credit:Supplied

"They think it has just been a virus but he's sitting right now playing with Lego. He has a chromosome disorder which makes him more susceptible to bronchial issues so he has taken an inhaler in the past.

"He hasn't been ill since then but he had severe breathing issues on Tuesday and respiratory distress which was terrifying. On the other hand, he loved it and took it all in his stride. He wasn't crying or anything - he's such a wee champion.

"At one point they needed to weigh him to get the right amount of medication but he's very small for a nine-year-old. The doctor had to stand on the scales and lift him up then deduct what he weighed.

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"The doctors and staff were just chatting away to him and kept him very calm and buoyant. I knew there was something wrong when they said the ambulance was coming but I was just telling him 'you'll have to take medicine and smoke is going to come out of your nose now like a dragon' with using the nebuliser."

Kate hailed staff at the GP as "first class" in dealing with the stressful situation as she added the nurse who initially saw Todd had to use what was described as a 'panic button' on her computer which then alerted a doctor at the practice and dialled the emergency services.

She continued: "I got the impression this was an unusual thing but as soon as they got the nebuliser on him the colour in his face changed as he was very pale.

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"I'm just very glad for him and thankful to the great staff. He's due back at the GP this afternoon (Friday) for a recall already with everything that went on at the hospital so to go from not having an appointment, to then phoning and getting one the same day and being seen so quick was second to none.

"They weren't messing about and I'm just so appreciative."