Recently, I stumbled across the story of Daniel Robinson, a beautiful young boy who passed away after medical personnel failed to recognize the seriousness of young Daniel's stomach pains.
Daniel's story reminded me of the many times when my own daughter was sent away from the hospital, even though she was suffering excruciating pain. The many times we were told, "The flu is going around....." and our insistence that it was not the flu, simply fell on deaf ears. The many times my daughter heard: "You seem depressed." The many times we moved on to the next hospital, as clearly the one we were at had no intention of helping her. The many times we gave up and went home, and begged God to intervene.
Those memories haunt me, especially when I look at Daniel's innocent face and lovely, easy demeanor. Much like Daniel, my own daughter has the same stoical nature. During her years of illness, she tried to keep a stiff upper lip, hiding her pain--the physical, as well as the mental--the best she could.
As I read Daniel's story, my heart sank. Disbelief. I cried for this poor child, his family. Another child who didn't have to die, who simply needed medical help.
My mood changed as I continued to read. I felt anger. Injustice. Inconceivably, the claim is made-even published-that Daniel's case was..."rare." The mother stated she was shocked to learn there was a one- in-a-million chance of this happening.
Far from rare, or a one-in-a-million-chance, adhesions (and the complications that can result) are a very, very common occurrence after abdominal or pelvic surgery. So common in fact, that (See Source): Up To 93% develop adhesions after abdominal surgery! That is far from a RARE occurrence, don't you agree? See also: Post Appendectomy.
Please share ARD awareness with everyone you know.