Friday, 7 August 2009

Another casualty of the "swine flu is milder than flu"

A young girl, with rashes and high fever, were diagnosed with Swine
Flu and given Tamilflu to recuperate at home, without even looking at

Swine flu also got rashes, and make people so weak?
Even if this were the case, why don't you make a thorough
investigation given all the fatalities that occur due to Swine Flu?

This happened at Kota Kinabalu, the daughter of a retired Telecom
Malaysian's employee, with below core poverty pension, at RM300/month.

Despite having high fever, caughing, sore throat, chest pains, and
weak, she was given only panadol to rest at home. Not even any
antibiotic to treat the sore throat or chest pains. Most probably
without even checking her chest, as Hospital doctors tend to do, even
when they stand in for private doctor's clinics. The reason, there is
NO EVIDENCE THAT SHE HAD BEEN OVERSEAS, or had been in contact with
those that are swine flu confirmed. But hospitals don't want to test
patients for swine flu, despite the obvious symptoms of flu with high
fever and diarrhoea!!!

If you don't want to test for swine flu, WHO advised all those with
flu symptoms to be treated as though they are Swine Flu and given
Tamilflu which Malaysian government refused to do.

After all, even flu can be cured with Tamilflu and even flu can be
dangerous, in fact, as many doctors assume, even more dangerous than
Swine Flu because Swine Flu only kill 1000 so far in 3 months,
compared to 30,000 IN A YEAR FOR COMMON FLU.

Well, that 1000 IN 3 months, will become 1 million in 6 months, and 1
trillion in 1 year.

This happened to my own son.

The mother had to fork out RM60 to see a private doctor who prescribed
a very strong antibiotic and advised that she go to hospital if she
does not recover in 2 days time. My wife didn't see the mother even
now, her and my son's school was closed. She was a student at Stella
Maris Secondary school, Kota Kinabalu.

Girl died after family wrongly told she

Georgia Keeling
Georgia Keeling
07 August 2009 13:00

An investigation was under way today after a two-year-old girl died of
suspected meningitis - hours after paramedics mistakenly diagnosed her
with swine flu and told her family she did not need hospital

Georgia Keeling died in hospital earlier this week shortly after her
Norwich family were reassured she was probably suffering from swine
flu and should stay at home and take Tamiflu.

Today, her grieving family criticised the treatment the little girl
received from paramedics, claiming they had raised concerns she was
showing symptoms of meningitis, but these had been discounted.

They questioned why their daughter was not taken to hospital
immediately as a precaution.

Hospital bosses confirmed the toddler is believed to have died from
meningitis, whilst the East of England Ambulance Service says it has
launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the

The death comes just weeks after fears were raised the swine flu
epidemic would lead to people being misdiagnosed with the condition,
when they were in fact suffering from something more serious.

Georgia's dad Paul Sewell, 21, from West Earlham, said today: "I don't
feel like the paramedics did their job properly. She wasn't given a
chance, they had diagnosed her before even looking at her and came out
ready to give her Tamiflu.

"She was failed by the system big time. I just want to know how come
they didn't take her into hospital straight away.

"You trust them because they are qualified professionals, you don't
really think to question what they say. I'm not a doctor but you could
see she was really ill."

Georgia, who had previously been fit and healthy, had been suffering a
slight temperature from Saturday, but started to get worse on Monday
night when she was sick and came out in a rash.

At around 9am on Tuesday morning, Sami Keeling, 21, the sister of
Georgia's mother Tasha Keeling, 22, called the West Earlham Health

She was advised to phone the national swine flu help line, who said
that Georgia only had one of the symptoms of swine flu, and told her
to call NHS direct. They said she should take Georgia to the hospital
if her temperature reached 40C, which it hadn't at this point.

By around 10am, Georgia's symptoms had worsened and bruising had
developed where the rash was, so her mum called 999 and a paramedic
came round in a car.

The family claim the paramedic told them that an ambulance was on its
way, but said it would be sent back as the paramedic believed Georgia
had swine flu. The family claim they had questioned whether she could
be suffering from meningitis, and said they were told she did not have
meningitis and would not be taken to the hospital. She was given
Calpol and Tamiflu and told to rest.

But an hour later, Georgia's mum, who has two other children,
Charleigh, three, and Jack, five, noticed her eyes glaze over.

She called an ambulance immediately and another team of paramedics
arrived, by which time Georgia's heart had stopped so she was taken
straight to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital between3pm and
4pm, where resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful. She was
pronounced dead at about 5pm.

Georgia's aunt Sami Keeling, who was at the house until the first
paramedics left, said: "I told the paramedics the swine flu helpline
had told me she only had one of the symptoms of swine flu, but they
did the test and said it wasn't meningitis.

"They took her temperature and it was 39.7C. They said it was swine
flu because when they picked up her limb, it was achy, but it was more
than that - she screamed if you even touched her finger.

"She was covered in bruises by then and she wasn't really with it -
she kept whimpering and her eyes were opening and shutting.

"They said that the best thing to do was to lay her down to rest and
keep the other children away from her."

Earlier this month the Meningitis Trust urged people not to mistake
the signs and symptoms of meningitis with that of swine flu.

A spokesman said at the time: "Whilst they can both start out with
common flu-like symptoms, differentiating them can be potentially life-
saving as meningitis can strike in minutes and kill within hours.

"Recognising the symptoms of meningitis can be difficult as many of
its symptoms are similar to swine flu. The rash that is commonly
associated with meningitis doesn't appear in all cases, so it is vital
that people are aware of the other symptoms.

"In babies, an unusual cry, dislike of being handled and refusing
feeds are also signs that can point to meningitis. If in doubt, always
seek urgent medical advice."

Andrew Stronach, spokesman for the Norfolk and Norwich University
Hospital, said: "We can confirm a two-year old girl was brought by
ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and that
resuscitation attempts were sadly not successful.

"The clinical view is that the suspected cause of death was
meningitis. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the family."

West Earlham Health Centre refused to comment. An ambulance service
spokeswoman said today: "We extend our sincere condolences to the
family at this sad time. The ambulance service is committed to
providing the highest standards of patient care and we will be
conducting a full investigation into this serious incident to find out
exactly what happened. We won't be in a position to comment further
until the findings of that investigation are known."

The family, who will be launching a formal complaint against the
ambulance service, said they wanted to ensure this mistake was never
made with another child.

A post mortem was carried out yesterday and the results are still
being processed.

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