Child Dies of Medical Negligence When Doctors Won’t Listen

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An 11 year old boy died recently of sepsis (blood poisoning) and it appears the doctors who treated him are to blame.

The 11 year old, Rory Staunton, sustained a small cut on his arm during basketball practice. The cut was mentioned to his parents in passing while they were picking him up from practice. By bedtime, Rory was already feeling ill. At midnight, he awoke vomiting with a fever and pain in his leg. His parents took him to their pediatrician in the morning but she assured them the cut had nothing to do with his symptoms. She sent them to the emergency room. The doctors there diagnosed him with the flu and sent him home with Tylenol. (The doctors noted symptoms of sepsis at this time).

Rory continued to suffer. His skin turned blue around his nose and even a slight touch to his skin made him cry. The worried parents called the pediatrician who recommended fluid and crackers. The pediatrician then recommended the boy be brought back to the ER. Rory never left the hospital. He died in intensive care of severe sepsis shock brought on by an infection from the cut on his arm.

As a parent this type of story is both heartbreaking and appalling. We all rely upon our health care professionals and trust them without fail. If we dare speak up and question them, we get rebuked. Yes, not only have I been rebuked but I’ve had family members and friends who have been talked down to for simply questioning whether a drug would cause certain side effects. We should all question our health care providers instead of following them blindly. Ask questions, demand answers. If your doctor doesn’t like your questions then find another doctor.

As a lawyer, I am constantly helping people who are not familiar with the court system. They have numerous questions which, to me, seem very basic but I try my best to answer them. That is part of my job. I am asked about my qualifications to handle certain cases. My potential clients want to know if I have what it takes to handle their case. Good from them. Now, can you imagine going to a doctor and asking him those questions? Well, maybe we should.

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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