When Caroline Partridge’s daughter, Matilda, was nearly five months old, she became violently ill.
“She just continued to vomit, and vomit, and vomit, and vomit,” the paramedic recalls. “At first I just thought maybe she’d picked up a bug or something, because her sister was in childcare.”
It seemed the most likely cause of her baby’s illness: before the vomiting started, Ms Partridge had only fed Matilda an innocuous bowl of rice cereal.
“I took her to the doctors and they said it was just a stomach bug, it’s quite normal in children this age to vomit quite a lot when they have a stomach bug. They said to just keep her fluids up and she’ll be fine. Which is not actually what happened.”