A Missouri couple is fighting to regain custody of their five children
after a doctor incorrectly attributed their infant daughter’s injuries
to child abuse. Their doctor came to this conclusion after examining their
2-month-old, who suffered three broken ribs and a broken arm. After her
parents consulted with a leading endocrinologist in Boston, it was determined
that the child actually suffered from a “catastrophic combination”
of infantile rickets, caused by a serious vitamin D deficiency and a connective
The mother, who recalled hearing a popping noise in her daughter’s
ribs, immediately took her to the pediatrician, but was told that it was
normal and not cause for worry. Later, however, when the baby showed signs
of distress, a return visit to a different pediatrician produced x-rays
showing the full extent of the damage.
Doctors immediately blamed the woman and her husband for the injuries,
not even considering any other possibilities. After extensive proactive
research, the mother underwent blood tests to determine her vitamin D
levels, and sure enough, they were nearly undetectable. Her infant daughter’s
Vitamin D levels were even lower. Further research indicated that three
of the father’s family members also suffered from the disease.
According to the family’s lawyers, not only does their case involve
a serious misdiagnosis, but discrimination may have also played a major
role in the Department of Social Services’ decision to remove the
children from their parents. Both parents believe that because of their
unorthodox child-rearing style, which includes delayed vaccinations and
home birthing, as well as their appearances and low-income status, social
services was prejudiced against them from the start.
“I am covered in tattoos and have a nose pierced (sic)," the
mother said. "They probably look at me as though the kids are stupid
and I am no better.”
Both parents have supervised visits with their children, and await an end
to this nightmare. They are confident that their family will be reunited.
If you or your family has suffered due to a
medical misdiagnosis, you have the right to take legal action. Allow the experienced Springfield
personal injury attorneys at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. to help you achieve
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