It's not just with children. Very often we misdiagnose our own injuries and ailments as something less than serious. Kids who have a smaller tolerance for pain and/or can't communicate their ailments are even harder for a parent to diagnose. My kid just had a stomach bug and came crying that his stomach hurt. Should I have run to the ER? No, he was fine...but if it turned out more serious I guess I'd be a bad parent. So easy playing Monday morning QB from the cheap seats.
It's funny how society quickly critiques people who always run to the emergency room as hypocondriac's but then rushes to criticize them when they don't seek medical treatment soon enough. Catch 22. I'm not using that statement to compare the case this thread was about, i don't know the details, but just societal behavior in general.
In most cases appendicitis is painful, acute, and to the point where most know that medical attention is necessary. Not all. What little I've read of this case shows that the first night the kid had severe pains, he slept and had no pain in the morning. Was joking and felt better. At some point even went to basketball practice during this spell. This is all confirmed by people in the community. Parents thought he had the flu since the fever and aches came back....sounds like flu-like symptoms on and off again fever, shakes, and aches. From what i've read it's not uncommon for a ruptured appendix pain to subside and come on and off again for days or even weeks.
and funny the comments about appendicitis being different from a tummyache. You may want to tell that to the many parents and physicians that misdiagnose it every year.
http://www.parents.com/kids/health/o...itis-children/Misdiagnosis of appendicitis, for example, is one of the top five most frequent successful malpractice claims against emergency physicians and accounts for 5-15% of the total dollars lost by insurers of emergency physicians
Even modern technology often misdiagnoses it.
classic rage. doesn't read.
If their son just had a weak case of appendicitis that they mistook for a stomach ache, would they have sat and prayed by his side and called religious elders in to anoint him with oil? I don't know all the details of the case, but I think those actions make it clear that this wasn't a case of them misdiagnosing appendicitis. They knew that whatever it was that was wrong with their son was serious.
as HAC said, if this didn't involve faith healing nobody would have heard of it. It would be just another case of a misdiagnosed appendicitis that led to a fatality. It's not that uncommon apparently. How many of those have we discussed in these forums or have you heard about on the nightly news???? Because it involves someone a religious element though, we have people who WITHOUT FACTS wish to jump to conclusions based upon preconceived notions and prejudices. Profiling much? There is no disputing that.
I'm just saying, it sounds like they knew it was something more serious than a cold. Hell, we don't even have to focus on how they treated the whole situation. There's this about the father:
You "know" your son is about to die and you don't call an ambulance?He testified during the trial that he knew 10 or 15 minutes before Zachery passed away that his son was going to die.
as for the father's statements, again...i said I don't know the facts of this particular case. Did you know about that statement when making up your mind on this case prior to our dialog in this thread, or did you just look it up? I don't know the context or what was going through his mind. And i'm not speaking of you or kobie in general. I don't know what you know about this case. Fact is, this case would not be discussed if it didn't have a religious element as it's not uncommon for appendicitis to be misdiagnosed and most who are discussing it know nothing of the facts of the case other than some sensationalized headlines and rumor. That's the only point i'm making.
it's very possible, maybe likely this couple is guilty. my point is that people shouldn't be making up their minds however based upon preconceived notions and biases drummed up from sensationalized headlines and articles. Comments in this thread about "him having appendicitis, how could they not have known?" are easily dispelled with some simple research. It's not uncommon that it goes diagnosed. It's not uncommon that's its not excruciating pain. If most knew he went to basketball practice, and was laughing and joking and had flu-like symptoms, maybe they'd be more open minded. But no...we stop at the headlines rather than reading that part which is buried in paragraph 7 in 1 out of 5 publications.