Five-year-old dies 10 hours after leaving hospital

A FIVE-year-old boy has died less than a day after being sent home from a north shore emergency department last week.

After presenting to Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital with stomach pain early Thursday morning, the Wahroonga boy was rushed to the Sydney Adventist Hospital later that afternoon, where staff worked for hours to try and save him.

The North Shore Times understands the boy left school on Wednesday afternoon and appeared in good health however complained of a sore stomach.

He was given dinner, but ate only a few spoonfuls before going to bed about 6.30pm.

The boy's parents told police he woke up at 11pm in pain before they nursed him back to sleep, however about 3am the youngster woke up again in pain.

The boy's parents took him to Hornsby Hospital, where he remained for four hours, allegedly "in a considerable amount of pain".

A police spokesman said the boy was believed to have passed a stool, and reportedly felt "a bit better", before he was sent home from the hospital about 7am with doctors telling his parents to monitor him.

It was about 2.15pm that his parents rushed him to the SAN after his condition is believed to have deteriorated.

It is understood staff worked on the boy before he was declared dead at 4.15pm.

A spokeswoman for the Sydney Adventist Hospital could not confirm any details about the death, but said it was the first time the boy had been admitted to the hospital.

The Times' understands the death sent a shockwave through staff at the private hospital.

A crime scene was established at the family home last week, as a matter of procedure.

Investigations are ongoing but it is expected the case will be reffered to the NSW Coroner.

North Sydney Local Health District has been contacted for comment.

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