The death of a Bridport teenager from pneumonia could have been prevented had Cambodian authorities bothered to look in his bag for his insurance documents in which entitled him to proper medical care, an inquest heard.
Backpacker Kit Mallinson, 18, from Bridport, was found unresponsive in his seat on a night bus at the end of a 12 hour journey after a severe chest infection caused him to suffer breathing problems.
The bus driver summoned an ambulance but medics refused to take the gap year student without his medical insurance documents.
The papers were in his bag but no one looked for them so tourist police took the sick teenager to a local hospital which had limited equipment and medication.
Although the police took his passport, they did not inform the British Embassy until the following day and there was a 36 hour delay in Mr Mallinson getting transferred to a private hospital where he could get the right treatment.
His parents, Guy and Serena Mallinson, raced from their home in Bridport to their son’s bedside in Cambodia but arrived to