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how did they get it so wrong

Posted In: Medical Errors 11 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 5, 2006
  • 08:53 PM

This year my 9mth old daughter died.They said her injuries could only have been caused my significant force.. That medical finding could only be bought back to her being serverly shaken.. Child protection and the homocide police were informed and in turn they removed my other 2 children from my care...6 months later we recieved her autopsy report and it confirmed that her direct cause of death was bactewrial menigitis..But she also had a underlying condition that wasnt compatible with life. She had congenital disorder of glycosylation. The autopsy has been back for nearly 2 months now and I still have not had my other children returned to my care.. Because the doctor got so wrong our lifes have been torn apart..Where is the justice and what can I do about this doctor..:confused:
The Doctor also diagnosised Multiple skull and facial fractures...When the autopsy came back it stated there were no fractures at all.. Can any one speculate why the doctor has stated this..:confused:

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  • Wow. I read your post and had to take a moment even to absorb it. It is very important that you contact a lawyer as well as report the physician/hospital to your College of Physician's and Surgeons.The lawyer can advise you on this process. Even if the doctor thought it was shaken baby syndrome, he/she should not have assumed that before doing further tests. I am so sorry for your loss and that you had your other children removed. What reason are you being given that they have not been returned to you if it has been proven your little one passed away of medical causes? I cannot imagine what you are going through. Hopefully a lesson will be learned by the doctors/hospital not to assume the worst of parents when a little one is sick. My prayers are with you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
    • 03:01 PM
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  • :eek: Wow How sad I so sorry for the loss of your baby and I could not imagine having to deal with a loss of a child and then having my other children taken from me.I agree you really should get a lawyer ASAP.I cannot understand why you would not of had your children given back to you immediately.I cannot imagine your pain and I hope you will get your kids back very soon!
    tnmomofive 3 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
    • 08:07 PM
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  • While I can't alleviate the pain and frustration you are feeling, I may have an explanation for why the doctors reacted the way they did. The initial post-mortem differences between bacterial meningitis and SBS are extremely similar. Extreme swelling in the brain, and hemorrhaging are classic signs in SBS as well as in meningitis. Even the signs leading up to death can be similar as some of the classic symptoms of SBS are vomiting, lethargy, and fever. The only way one can differentiate is through an autopsy and unfortunately the ones who let you down are not the doctors. Autopsies are performed by the medical examiners office, a division of your local or county law enforcement branch. In a case such as this, (homicide pending) it should have been labeled priority one. If it wasn't then you do have a case against the state. However, if you live in a city, or a small town (county performs instead of local in most cases coming form a small town) chances are it was labeled as such and there were just so many other cases in front of yours, it took them this long to get to it. While CSI, Crossing Jordan, and other shows may make it seem like it only takes a day or two, forensic pathologists are in short supply, and sometimes, depending on where you live, it can take more than a year to get to some cases, even if they are priority one. Unfortunately, family court is just as congested as the M.E.'s office. I've worked for CPS doing RESPIT care and depending on where you live it can also take years to get your other children back. Your best bet as far as they are concerned is to be the "squeaky wheel". Call CPS EVERY DAY. And ask to not only speak to your case worker, but the supervisor as well. Call your local court offices EVERY DAY. If that doesn't work in the next few weeks, then contact your local press office(s). Inform them of your plight. Call the local television news stations. As hard as social workers work, god be with them, the system sometimes loses people, and even more unfortunate, a lot of the laws surrounding the family court systems now, well, there is no other way to put this, they suck. People have forgotten that children really are children and are so quick to judge children as little adults that a lot of family court systems have been cut back drastically, if not completely dismantled, making it even harder on people in your situation as it is very difficult to settle manners like this in a regular court system. So even if CPS wants to reunite you with your children, they can only legally do so much. They need a court order before they can return them to you and as I said, family court can be extremely difficult to get into because of how so many people no longer see a need for it. But like I said, your best bet is to now become the squeaky wheel. There are organizations out there who might be able to help you if not being able to get a hearing is the problem. The right to an expedient trial is a constitutional one. Try the ACLU. They might not be able to help directly, but I'm sure they'll be able to put you in contact with the people who can if they can not. I'll be praying for you. Good Luck.Campaigner for Children's Rights and the Re-building/ Strengthening of the Family Court System
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 13, 2006
    • 05:04 AM
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  • I'm so sorry for your loss of your child. No one can ever fully comprehend your sorrow and pain and the injustice of the accusations. I'm sure you are exhausted mentally and physically. As difficult as it must be to even function, keep talking to everyone and seeking advice. The post before mine is very informative. I don't remember the name of the site, but there is one that tells if there are any lawsuits against your doctor. The 'small town' part is a concern. I worked in the funeral industry and have seen cases where there was a medical error and the cause of death did not reflect this. Just never give up! Your children and others who find themselves in a similar situation, will love you and be thankful for your strength and determination. My hear goes out to you!
    Lindsayx12 29 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 07:17 AM
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  • Just wanted to send you my deepest sympathies, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss compounded by that terrible and devastating misdiagnosis, you are a credit to yourself that you have coped and survived this, I wish you strength and peace in your heart to come to terms with your loss, hard I know you must feel so hurt and angry about this . I pray that your other children are soon returned to you where they belong and need to be, sorry I have no advice regarding legal matters as I am not from the US, do you have a local politician you could speak to who could take this matter further to get back your children?It will get better with time. danielle
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
    • 01:50 PM
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  • While I can't alleviate the pain and frustration you are feeling, I may have an explanation for why the doctors reacted the way they did. The initial post-mortem differences between bacterial meningitis and SBS are extremely similar. Extreme swelling in the brain, and hemorrhaging are classic signs in SBS as well as in meningitis. Even the signs leading up to death can be similar as some of the classic symptoms of SBS are vomiting, lethargy, and fever. The only way one can differentiate is through an autopsy and unfortunately the ones who let you down are not the doctors. Autopsies are performed by the medical examiners office, a division of your local or county law enforcement branch. In a case such as this, (homicide pending) it should have been labeled priority one. If it wasn't then you do have a case against the state. However, if you live in a city, or a small town (county performs instead of local in most cases coming form a small town) chances are it was labeled as such and there were just so many other cases in front of yours, it took them this long to get to it. While CSI, Crossing Jordan, and other shows may make it seem like it only takes a day or two, forensic pathologists are in short supply, and sometimes, depending on where you live, it can take more than a year to get to some cases, even if they are priority one. Unfortunately, family court is just as congested as the M.E.'s office. I've worked for CPS doing RESPIT care and depending on where you live it can also take years to get your other children back. Your best bet as far as they are concerned is to be the "squeaky wheel". Call CPS EVERY DAY. And ask to not only speak to your case worker, but the supervisor as well. Call your local court offices EVERY DAY. If that doesn't work in the next few weeks, then contact your local press office(s). Inform them of your plight. Call the local television news stations. As hard as social workers work, god be with them, the system sometimes loses people, and even more unfortunate, a lot of the laws surrounding the family court systems now, well, there is no other way to put this, they suck. People have forgotten that children really are children and are so quick to judge children as little adults that a lot of family court systems have been cut back drastically, if not completely dismantled, making it even harder on people in your situation as it is very difficult to settle manners like this in a regular court system. So even if CPS wants to reunite you with your children, they can only legally do so much. They need a court order before they can return them to you and as I said, family court can be extremely difficult to get into because of how so many people no longer see a need for it. But like I said, your best bet is to now become the squeaky wheel. There are organizations out there who might be able to help you if not being able to get a hearing is the problem. The right to an expedient trial is a constitutional one. Try the ACLU. They might not be able to help directly, but I'm sure they'll be able to put you in contact with the people who can if they can not. I'll be praying for you. Good Luck. Campaigner for Children's Rights and the Re-building/ Strengthening of the Family Court SystemHopefully you read this read my editing to my post and let me know what you think
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 03:07 PM
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  • Just wanted to send you my deepest sympathies, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss compounded by that terrible and devastating misdiagnosis, you are a credit to yourself that you have coped and survived this, I wish you strength and peace in your heart to come to terms with your loss, hard I know you must feel so hurt and angry about this . I pray that your other children are soon returned to you where they belong and need to be, sorry I have no advice regarding legal matters as I am not from the US, do you have a local politician you could speak to who could take this matter further to get back your children?It will get better with time. danielleI'm not in US Im in australia
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 03:10 PM
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  • What kind of response is that 'sergaller' to someone who is suffering?Please find a site to visit that is more appropriate for your interests.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 09:19 PM
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  • I'M CRYING...........how terrible for you & your kids without their parent!! i know how you must feel!! whats wrong with some of these medical people??!! hopefully you can pursue some LEGAL ACTION, unlike in MY CASE i was told i cant sue unless the injury to me is PERMANENT or caused a DEATH (though this isnt right! the NIGHTMARE i'm going through SHOULD COUNT for something- so what if it'll PASS IN TIME!!). i'll sign off STILL CRYING AT YOUR STORY.............
    dudbubbin1 37 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
    • 10:09 PM
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  • Doctors are wrong more often that people think. And they will cover up stuff. We are then made a target for their stupidity. You get villified, have your children taken away on their word. I will never trust another doctor as long as I live. I am so sorry for your loss. This is so sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 03:30 AM
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  • I'm very sorry for your loss and for the continued separation of your family. The sad fact is there are many children who are harmed by those who should love and take care of them. Because of this, when a child is brought to medical attention and abuse is even SUSPECTED, medical personnel are legally obligated to report this. There are times when a delay in proving the case before reporting the suspicion could potentially endanger the lives of children still remaining in the home. This is especially true if the suspicion surrounds a death. It is a frightful responsibility to have; if your suspicions are right and you don't report then a child's life is at stake, if your suspicions are wrong and you do report then a family is disrupted or torn apart for an unknown period of time. All of these scenarios are played out repeatedly in our emergency rooms and clinics across the country. In some cases children have died and in some, families were unjustly torn apart. Still, it is a legal requirement for medical staff to report their suspicions. It is much easier for a physician who is familiar with you and your family to determine if the home environment is a threat. Emergency room doctors usually do not have the patient doctor relationship that would allow them to draw from that knowledge and avoid these heartaches. I recommend to all that if possible, establish a relationship with a family physician and if your child has to go to the emergency room and there are questions, that physician can be your advocate. My prayers are with you and your family that you are soon reunited. I also pray for all the doctors out there who are trying their best each day to "first do no harm".
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
    • 08:34 AM
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