Parents seem to have a sixth sense when something is wrong with their children. They’ll do anything to figure out what’s wrong.
When Nicole Thompson and Te Keepa Paraone noticed their seven-month-old son came down with a fever, a rash, and lacked movement on his right side, they immediately took him to Midland Hospital in Perth, Australia.
According to 9 News Perth, the staff at the hospital told Nicole and Te Keepa that their youngest son, Malaki, was simply teething and possibly suffering from a “pulled elbow.”
Nicole even admitted they were “laughed at” for being concerned for their child before the hospital sent them on their way.
The next day, Tuesday, Malaki started to vomit and his heart rate was up. This time, his parents called an ambulance and the little boy was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).
Nicole and Te Keepa tell 9 News Perth that when Malaki arrived to the hospital, he was examined in a bathroom, on a changing table, because the hospital didn’t have any beds available. They were sent home again, this time with Panadol, better known as Tylenol.
On Wednesday, a general practitioner diagnosed Malaki with “a virus” and told the concerned parents that there was nothing he could do for the infant.
Unfortunately, Malaki’s health continued to decline and on Thursday, his persistent parents brought him back to PMH. This time the hospital didn’t send Malaki home. Instead, he was put into the intensive care unit (ICU).
While on life support, doctors told Nicole and Te Keepa that their son was suffering from a meningococcal virus. Nicole, Te Keepa, and their oldest son were prescribed antibiotics just in case.
However, when Malaki’s parents accused the doctors of turning them away earlier in the week, the doctors changed Malaki’s diagnosis. They said they believed the seven-month-old was actually suffering from septicemia, a common blood infection.
The following day, Malaki was taken off life support and passed away. His parents write that his death was in fact caused by the meningococcal virus.
Nicole shared her heartbreak, and her plan going forward, with 9 News Perth:
“I was hoping that when [life support] turned off that his heart would still be beating. My son was strong for four days. I’m going to be strong for him and get the justice he deserves.
Three days I tried to get him help. Three days, two hospitals, one doctor, an ambulance trip, had they done their jobs properly my son would still be here.”
The GoFundMe account was been set up in order to help the family with funeral expenses. They are still waiting for the hospital to return their son to them.
Nicole and Te Keepa vow to keep fighting for their son.
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