I believe that the worst event in anyone’s life must be the death of a child. More specifically, your child. Of course there are diseases that scinece based medicine have yet to solve. We all know that there are thousands of scientists around the world working to eradicate diseases from HIV to cancer. I applaud those men and women working selflessly in their fields, bringing hope and a cure, where once there was only a sentence of death. Today, people live longer lives because of the strides of science in the last century.
Then there comes along a story like this one. An 18 month old with an ear infction that could have easily been remidied by a quick trip to a doctor’s office where the appropriate antibiotic may have been applied. Of course, these parents didn’t believe in vaccination or “other aspects of modern medicine”. So what did the child die from? Here’s the salient part of the story:
Dr. James A. Terzian performed an autopsy at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, and determined that the child died of streptococcus pneumonia meningitis, which caused a cerebral abscess and terminal cerebral edema.
“The meningitis originated in a left ear infection, which was reportedly left untreated by conventional antibiotic therapy,” Terzian wrote in his report.
A simple antibiotic to treat the ear infection would have saved the victim’s life, Terzian added.
A child, who must have been agonizing pain, was treated at home with homeopathic remedies and herbal therapy. Remedies? Therapy? In what world would any parent, with a suffering child, resort to magic, as that child’s condition worsened? Unfortunately, it seems we see it all too often as there are parents like these that don’t believe in conventional medicine and then there are those, for religious reasons, will not have their children treated by a doctor. Magic over science, in the 21st century.
It’s heartbreaking to read stories like this one. There’s absolutely no reason this child had to die. Of course the parents also gave another reason:
Both parents indicated another reason they didn’t seek medical treatment sooner was financial concerns.
Unbelieveable. Any emergency room in this country will treat any person, regardless of ability to pay. They do this all the time. Emergency rooms around the country find themselves in dire financial straits because lack of payment for services. Still, they continue to help people.
Of course, this death has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, as is approriate I believe. I don’t know the laws in the state where this occurred, but it is my hope that these two receive the maximum sentence allowed by law.
I’m horrified. I’m angry. Why is it that in this country we allow garbage to be sold over the counter as “remedies” or “therapies”? Let’s stop electing people at the state and federal level that support magic over science.
There is absolutely no reason an 18 month old little girl had to suffer and die because of the obsitnance of her parents.