Mothers just know when something just doesn’t seem quite right with their children.
They have a motherly instinct that tells them there’s a bigger problem.
That’s exactly what Melissa Mead brought her son to the doctor when he had a bad cough. Despite her protests, the doctors told her that her son was fine and the cough would pass.
Melissa went back to the doctors another two times when the cough persisted. Still the doctors told her not to worry, that it was just a cough and there wasn’t any cause for concern. Melissa assumed the doctors knew what was best for her baby and took her baby home. Not too soon after her 12-month-old son William began to vomit. William had developed an abscess in his lung. Tragically it was too late and Melissa found her baby dead in his cot.
What killed William? A blood infection known as sepsis, which is caused by streptococcus A.
Melissa entrusted her child’s health with the doctors and they had failed her and her son.
Melissa told the heartbreaking tale in a video
Just 17 days after his first birthday, William died from sepsis. I found him in his cot. My baby was gone. No one mentioned sepsis before William died. The first time I saw the word was on William’s death certificate.
In the video below Melissa announces her pregnancy of a second child. Tragically her second child will never meet William. This mother is doing her best to raise awareness about this blood infection so that no other mothers need to suffer the same loss she did. To this day Melissa still misses William and she wishes that things could be different.
Either through negligence or through lack of experience, William’s doctors absolutely failed Melissa when they dismissed such a serious condition without any further testing.
Thanks to the Center for Disease Control, here are a few symptoms you should keep an eye on to make sure your little bundles of joy can stay safe.
- • Shivering, fever, or very cold
- • Extreme pain or discomfort
- • Clammy or sweaty skin
- • Confusion or disorientation
- • Shortness of breath
- • High heart rate
While any human can contract sepsis, only the elderly, small infants and those with weakened immune systems are at risk for having an infection.
If sepsis is treated properly with antibiotics, it will only be a minor annoyance.But when left alone the results are absolutely tragic. If William’s doctors did their job correctly, perhaps William would still be with us. Instead they dismissed a mother and her intuition that something was truly wrong and she lost her son.
Our prayers go out to Melissa and William.