4-Year-Old Boy Dies After Hospital Left Him So Dehydrated His Parents Found Him Sucking Wet Wipes

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 28, 2016   |   6:23PM   |   London, England

British health officials recently found a children’s hospital guilty of negligence in the case of a 4-year-old boy who died after his parents found him so severely dehydrated that he was sucking on wet wipes.

The Bristol Post reports nine experts found the University Hospital Bristol Foundation guilty of “service failure” to the boy and maladministration for not giving his parents all the facts about his condition. In total, the experts found the hospital guilty of 22 failures in the child’s care.

The disturbing case occurred in 2012 when 4-year-old Sean Turner had heart surgery at the Bristol Children’s Hospital. According to the Independent, Sean died six weeks after the surgery after experiencing a catastrophic brain hemorrhage.

The deadly brain bleed appeared to have been linked to the hospital giving Sean anti-clotting medicine for three days, rather than the recommended six hours, according to the report. In addition, investigators said nurses did not monitor the medicine’s effect on the 4-year-old.

The investigation report found: “Sean’s fluid input and output was not measured accurately by ward nurses and he was allowed to become ‘significantly hypovolemic’ – meaning a serious loss of bodily fluids as a result of him being so clinically dehydrated that his life was at risk. Despite signs of serious dehydration his dose of diuretic medication, which added to his fluid loss, was increased.”

According to the report, Sean was not taken to intensive care when his condition deteriorated, and there was an “inappropriate delay” in tests and treatment when medical staff suspected a brain bleed.

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The investigators said Sean may not have lived even if he had received the proper treatment. Still, he should not have been neglected.

“…the distress Mr and Mrs Turner have suffered, and continue to suffer, will undoubtedly be compounded by the uncertainty – however small – of never knowing whether Sean might have survived if everything that should have been done for him, had been done,” according to the investigation report.

The trust is now required to write an “open and honest acknowledgment of the failings identified” and “an apology of the impact.”

Robert Woolley, chief executive of the trust, apologized to Sean’s parents and also sent out a public apology.

“I am deeply sorry for our failings in care and for the impact they had on Sean and his family. We want to get our care right for every child, every time, and I bitterly regret that we didn’t do this for Sean,” Woolley said. “I am also very sorry that we compounded their grief by giving inaccurate and incomplete responses to their subsequent complaint.”

These troubling cases appear to be happening more often in the U.S. and Europe. Those deemed to have a lower “quality of life” are being neglected or sometimes actively killed through abortion, assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Lives are being judged and weighed not by their uniqueness and humanity but by the cost of their medical treatments and the burden of their care on society. In California and Oregon, people have learned that their insurance companies will not cover their costly medical care but their insurance will cover doctor-prescribed suicide drugs – for as little as $1.20.

The “quality of life” concept is being used right now to discriminate against human beings with disabilities and diseases, the elderly and terminally ill; but it also is a looming threat to every human life.