My so was experiencing several symptoms that I thought were a cause for alarm. he ran a fever that rectally read 105.6. He would not eat or drink anything. He coughed and then would scream from the pain. When he would breathe you could hear crackles in his chest. I took him to the doctor 4 times and called them 56 times in a 6 day period. I was told he was severly dehydated and his stomach was distended. He had a plueral effussion on his left side and still running a fever that never got below 103.5. I was told over and over that it was just a viral infection and to go home and try to make him comfortable. His white blood cell count was 1.1 which is very ominous to me. I called the doctors office one night and told them that Jacob was getting worse and was told that I could just come in to the office in the morning. I did not wait. We rushed him to the ER where they intubated him right away and took us to a childrens hospital. I was told my son had streptoccocus pnuemonia as well as menningitis. He was on ECMO for 19 days with his stomach open until it started hurting him as well as helping him because of the bleeding out. He never opened his eyes and an MRI confirmed massive brain cell death 5 days before his death. He had 3 chest tubes in his left side also and his organs shut down twice during the 33 day stay at the hospital. On March 5th 2001 my 22 month old son, Jacob, passed away inmy arms. I sued at the request of the doctors at the childrens hospital and won due to their testimonies. I am glad that there is now a vaccine that will hopefully protect our children from his horrible illness. Thank you for reading my story and please make sure that you are satisfied with what the doctors and nurses are telling you. If not there are plenty more out there.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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