Incorrect medical diagnosis behind Hilton pupil’s death

2013-08-30 00:00

AN incorrect medical diagnosis is largely to blame for the death of a Hilton College boy during a school trip to the Drakens­berg earlier this month.

School headmaster Peter Ducasse announced during a memorial service held at the Hilton College Chapel on Wednesday night that Chris Loxton had a hormone imbalance that was caused by a tumour on his adrenalin glands.

While on a school excursion in the Drakensberg, Chris suffered repeated seizures and his condition deteriorated to such an extent that the medical team that attended him was unable to save him.

He said since Chris’s death, some information about his medical condition that they were not aware of had come to light and may have been the cause of his death.

“We know that Chris had struggled academically and had trouble concentrating and he sweated profusely.

“We now know that this was caused by an incorrect medical diagnosis. He had a tumour on his adrenalin gland that led to the excessive release of the hormone. All this was previously undiagnosed,” Ducasse said.

He said this condition was behind the abnormally high blood pressure he experienced while on the excursion in the Drakensberg. This, he said, combined with the isolation of the area and the fact that the ambulance had taken a long time to arrive, all contributed to his death.

“We know some information about his condition, and some of us may have judged him [for his behaviour] unfairly.”

Chris, who was laid to rest last Friday, was given a “hero’s send-off” by the school. Parents packed the chapel to capacity while the teachers and pupils all passed their condolences and fond memories of him.

They all described him as a dedicated young man, always with a smile on his face and the ability to put the needs of others above his own.

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