Parents who saw daughter, 7, die at school suing NHS for £200k over ‘trauma’

Parents who watched their seven-year-old daughter die at school are suing for more than £200,000.

The landmark case could allow "secondary victims" NHS compensation claims after a High Court judge gave proceedings the go-ahead.

Mark and Lynette Polmear administered mouth-to-mouth to their Disney-loving daughter Esmee after panicked teachers called saying she was struggling to breathe at Perranporth School, near St Agnes in Cornwall.

It was later confirmed that Esmee had died from a pulmonary veno-occlusive disease which causes intensely high blood pressure in the lungs and affects one in 10 million people.

Mr and Mrs Polmear are now suing as "secondary victims" due to the mentally scarring effects of watching their daughter’s final moments, The Sun reports.

In court documents, their lawyers say that "as a result of witnessing the collapse, unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate and death of Esmee each has suffered psychiatric injury".

Her parents want compensation for the trauma and anguish they suffered due to witnessing the "horrific events surrounding her collapse and death".

The couple from Perranporth, Cornwall, claim their local health authority’s failure to diagnose pulmonary veno-occlusive disease caused them to witness the tragedy.

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London's High Court heard that Esmee's dad, Mark, 49, ran to the school after receiving an emergency call from panicked teachers, telling him his daughter was struggling to breathe.

On arrival at Perranporth School, near St Agnes in Cornwall, he gave Esmee mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in a vain bid to save her.

Esmee’s mum, Lynette, 42, also rushed to the school from work and arrived in time to see her daughter laid out on the floor receiving first aid.

Both Mr and Mrs Polmear have been stricken by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and major depression, the court heard.

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