11 year-old dies after misdiagnosis
A Bartica mother is blaming the negligence of health care workers at the Bartica Hospital for the death of her only son.
According to the distraught mother Odessa Lynch, her now dead son, 11-year-old Troy Alphonso, took ill on Monday and was taken to the hospital suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea and a high fever.
The woman said that he was given an injection. At the time there was a power outage so when the power returned he was given a Flagyl and Gravol for the vomiting and diarrhea and was sent home.
The next day, as the child continued to feel unwell with a fever, the woman was advised to buy an injection at the pharmacy. This was administered by one of the nurses who then sent the boy home. Lynch observed that her son appeared to feel a little better.
Whilst at the hospital, she was told by the staffers that the lad was being treated for gastroenteritis.
According to Lynch, early Wednesday the lad awoke with stomach pains and he was rushed to the hospital again.
She told this newspaper that he was again given a dose of Gravol and had to wait for the doctor to come.
Another nurse subsequently came and administered another dose of Gravol and said that she was instructed by the doctor to do so.
Shortly before noon the lad passed away and a post mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was typhoid.
The women is adamant that it was negligence on the part of the hospital staffers that caused her son to die given that had he been properly diagnosed he would have been treated for the correct ailment.
This newspaper learnt that the father of another child, who was being treated for the same ailments, learnt of Alphonso’s death and the results of the post mortem. He immediately removed his child from the hospital. At a private institution, this second patient was diagnosed with typhoid. That child has survived.