The father of a 10-year-old girl who was admitted to a local hospital after she fell ill with an infection, said his efforts to get her to see her doctor were unsuccessful.
In October, the girl was admitted at a local clinic after her parents reported she was unwell, complaining of abdominal pain and vomiting.
The girl’s father, Roshan, was initially at a loss for words as he tried to explain his daughter’s illness to her pediatrician, Dr. Avigdor Feldman.
But his frustration with the pediatrician was compounded when Feldman refused to take her to the pediatric intensive care unit, even after the family asked for emergency medical care.
“The pediatrician told me, ‘You don’t have to go to the ER,'” he recalled, “because I can get her here and she can get treated there.
So I just kept saying, ‘I don’t want to go.'”
When Feldman eventually agreed to take the girl to the hospital, he was given no details about her condition.
“She was vomiting,” Feldman said, “and she said, ‘There’s an infection.'”
The boy had a severe case of MERS-CoV-19 and was in critical condition.
He had been hospitalized for weeks.
“They were trying to treat her as if she was a newborn baby,” he said.
The family was given antibiotics, which helped with his fever and the cough.
But when the boy became unwell again, the doctors did not give him the proper antibiotics and told him that his symptoms could be treated with an antibiotic, Feldman said.
“He was at a point where he was going to die,” he recalled.”I don