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Posted on 08/09/2009 8:24:22 PM PDT by altair
Child with possible meningitis was 'failed by system' say parents
The parents of a two-year-old girl thought to have died from meningitis after they were told she was suffering from swine flu said yesterday that she had been "failed by the system".
Georgia Keeling, from Norwich, died after being rushed to hospital on Tuesday. Her parents, Paul Sewell, 21, and Tasha Keeling, 22, said they contacted health services, including NHS Direct, the swine flu helpline and the emergency services, five times after their daughter first developed a temperature on Saturday.
The couple said that by Tuesday she had also developed a rash, bruising and had been sick, but their concerns that she might have meningitis were ignored.
They said that on two occasions they were told Georgia did not need to be admitted to hospital and after one 999 call, a paramedic arrived with Tamiflu and paracetamol. It was only after another 999 call an hour later, when her eyes had glazed over, that she was taken to hospital. Georgia suffered a heart attack and attempts to resuscitate her failed.
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
I extend my condolences to the parents. This was tragic.
Prayers for the parents and their new angel. How frightening to know how close we are to that same kind of nightmare becoming common here!
Sounds like Meningococcal meningitis. Once it gets into the blood, the symptoms progress rapidly.
Depending on the presentation, if the child was showing neurological symptoms, they should have done a spinal tap, and at least done a viral culture of the nose for flu. That what most likely would have been done here in the US for a very sick child, but with socialized medicine, this is what happens.
“The miracle of socialized British Medicine.”
Coming soon to the US if the socialist Dems have their way.
A published chart, made by one of Obama's czsar/advisors showed a graph of care by age. It started very low at birth, rose to highest levels in 20s/30/s and descended rapidly after 55. It was to be used in a mathematical formula for giving care or not.
It is scary that so many people just cannot grasp what Obama, the 2 Emanuels, Waxman, etc. want to give us--or I should say, take from us.
That, I haven't seen yet. The "low at birth" part is the scariest and shows little appreciation for what's been done in modern American medicine to drastically reduce infant mortality.
A student at Clemson just died of meningitis. Her parents had driven her to college; she got sick; they took her to the ER, she was told to go home and rest and she was dead by morning.
Happens here too.
I take this to mean that premmies like my now 31 year old grandson who was 2 months early, with underdeveloped lungs and my 6 year old granddaughter who was a premmie who was underweight and came early because her mother developed a very rare blood ailment would be left to die. The grandson was hospitalized about a month, 2 weeks in neonatal intensive care hooked up to liquid oxygen. He is a wonderful, smart, productive, Christian young man with a wife and beautiful little girl. I just do not believe Obamacare would keep a baby like that alive in hospital for a month. He had billirubin and at one point a lung collapsed. I believe his bill even 31 years ago was around 50,000. His parents had no insurance and he was transported to a children's hospital which had research grants and after the parents paid on it for a couple of years, it was written off.Our six year old was in hosp 10 to 14 days and had to have expensive shots for several months, but her parents had ins.
God help us all.
The chart is at the top of page 6 in this document:
Written by Rahm Emanuel’s brother.
Thanks for the reference.
Can’t cut and paste, but anyone under ten is low value like people over 60, because they haven’t complete personalities, haven’t got future plans, and don’t represent as big a parental and societal investment as adolescents and young adults.
Evil. Arrogant remaking of morality, the new little gods.
Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-ﬁ rst principle by prioritising adolescents and young adults over infants (ﬁ gure). Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulﬁ lment requires a complete life. 77 As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies and worse still when an adolescent does; 78 this argument is supported by empirical surveys. 41,79 Importantly, the prioritisation of adolescents and young adults considers the social and personal investment that people are morally entitled to have received at a particular age, rather than accepting the results of an unjust status quo. Consequently, poor adolescents should be treated the same as wealthy ones, even though they may have received less investment owing to social injustice.
With the state gaining this kind of power, the market for fraud and corruption, for getting rid of undesirables, for punishing dissenters, is tremendous and horrible.
Given Rev. Wright's and Obama's and Michelle's and their friends' distributive, global outlook, this is EXACTLY what they want to have power over.
Coupled with the recent Barry Soetoro regarding the "carbon footprint" of babies I would guess that they are prime targets for "cost reduction" under Obamacare.
Thanks for telling us your story. It warms my heart to read stuff like that (that the children survived).
That was always the case with Margaret Sanger (the "getting rid of undesirables" part). I hadn't thought of the fraud and corruption aspect before, but you're right - it's going to lead to a medical black market of a worse sort than legalized abortion was supposed to cure. Anyone else remember the Larry Niven series with "Gil the ARM" who was a detective aimed at the "organ-legging" (black market for organ transplants) trade?
A society with abortion and by extension bad care for the newly born cannot last long. They'll eventually be replaced by people who take better care of their children. It's both irrational and insane.
Ping and please add me to your socialized medicine ping list.
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