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Foreign object left in child causes illness

A New Jersey mother's intuition is certainly something that should not be ignored. A mother typically knows when something is not right with her child, and she will often purse the issue until it has been resolved to her satisfaction. Such intuition has recently come to play in a case where a foreign object left in a child resulted in weeks of illness and concern for a mother and her son.

In June, a mother became concerned about her then 8-month-old son. She took him to the doctor who diagnosed him with a viral infection and sent him home. The boy's illness continued, and his rash and fever symptoms increased. The mother continued to pursue the matter by taking him back to the doctor several times.

After not receiving the assistance her son needed at the doctor's office, the mother took her son to the emergency room. An X-ray revealed that a penny was lodged in the child's esophagus. The penny was removed, and an analysis of it indicated that it had been there for at least three weeks. In addition to causing the boy's fever and rash, it caused breathing problems and left him with several large ulcers.

The mother in this situation is now left with extensive medical bills and lost wages due to the length of time it took doctors to determine that a foreign object left in the boy's esophagus was the root of the problem. New Jersey families who find themselves in a similar situation will want to discuss the matter with experienced legal counsel. This will allow them to determine the most appropriate means of financial recovery.

Source:, "Long Beach Mother Claims Malpractice After Providers Ignored Symptoms of 8-Month-Old Boy With Penny Stuck in Esophagus", Cindy Von Quednow and Kimberly Cheng, Nov. 17, 2016

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