Family Devastated After 20-Year-Old Daughter Dies After Routine Surgery

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She was just beginning her adult life, with plans to travel to Australia and take on the world. She loved riding her horse, Spenser, and was shining brightly with life and joy.

But after a routine appendectomy in October, Chloe Rideout, 20, died.

Chloe’s parents, Dave and Sharon Rideout, are devastated at the loss which they believe was completely preventable.

Chloe had been discharged from the hospital about a week after her appendectomy.

But after just one day of being home, her parents had to call an ambulance to have their daughter rushed back to a different hospital.

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Despite doing everything they could, hospital staff could not save Chloe’s body from succumbing to a sepsis infection.

While the hospital is investigating Chloe’s death, her parents are left shocked, heartbroken and trying to make sense of it all.

“We feel sad and empty. Cheated,” Dave told SWNS Media. “I was so much looking forward to one day when I had the chance to walk her down the aisle.”

“Both Shaz and I were constantly talking about what we were going to do with our grandchildren when they came along,” he said. “We are absolutely devastated by our loss and the fact that it was avoidable.”

Chloe’s parents are now committed to raising money and awareness for the UK Sepsis Trust, in hopes that future lives will be saved.

“We didn’t know what sepsis was,” Rideout said. “The Sepsis Trust visits schools, doctors, and hospitals to educate and raise awareness of this problem, so hopefully, another young person doesn’t lose their life and another family doesn’t have to live the nightmare we are going through.”

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“Chloe was only 20. She was lovely and only ever thought of others,” Rideout said. “Please give generously so no other innocent person dies.”

Bracing for his first Christmas without Chloe, Dave Rideout is planning to walk 30 miles from the hospital where his daughter died back to their family’s home.

He is using the walk as a way to raise funds and awareness for the UK Sepsis Trust.

“I can’t imagine a Christmas without Chloe so if I can raise awareness that will be a help,” he said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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