Overcrowding Delays 15-year-old’s Body Scan

Written by: Sherlene

Straight-A student Vicky Archer was bitten by a mosquito while on vacation to Menorca in August and fell gravely ill. She developed alarming symptoms that included memory loss, vomiting, swollen limbs, bleeding in the mouth and a full-body rash. After the symptoms were discovered, she was hospitalized in Bristol Children’s Hospital and placed in isolation through fear that her illness would be contagious.3aee17ca00000578-3990970-image-a-130_1480610991479

However, a baffling 10 weeks into her hospitalisation, she is still waiting to receive a body scan that will diagnose her illness. Archer and her family have been told that this is due to ‘overcrowding’ of patients; Bristol Children’s Hospital have apologized to the family.

Archer’s mother, Alison, frantically said that she ‘fears the illness could cause long-term damage to the straight-A student’s organs’, (as reported by www.dailymail.co.uk), and mentioned that she has developed even more symptoms that show a loss of control over her body. Such examples are: ‘sleep problems, wetting the bed, becoming less coherent in her speech and acting out of character. She has also become sensitive to light and noise’.

It is suspected that she has vasculitis. Vasculitis “is a term for a group of rare diseases that have common inflammation of blood vessels” which causes symptoms such as ‘shortness of breath, coughing, numbness or weakness in a hand or foot, red spots on the skin (“purpura”), lumps (“nodules”) or sores (“ulcers”)’, all matching Archer’s symptoms. ‘Vasculitis can be mild or disabling, or even lead to death’, (as said by www.rheumatology.org).

What do you think? Should we install a priority system in order to tend to those who need attention more? How do you feel about this case being left for ten weeks?

Bibliography

Research:

Mcdermott, Kerry, 2016. Girl, 15, with mystery illness that’s left her vomiting, bleeding and covered in a rash 10 WEEKS after a holiday in Menorca – but doctors still won’t perform a body scan. Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3990970/Mystery-illness-leaves-Gloucestershire-girl-bleeding-mouth.html (1 December 2016)

Monach, Paul and A. Merkel, Peter, UNKNOWN. Vasculitis. Available at: http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Vasculitis (1 December 2016)

Images:

UNKNOWN. DNA spiral rotating on black background. Available at: http://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-7747792-stock-footage-dna-spiral-rotating-on-black-background.html (7 December 2016)

Mcdermott, Kerry, 2016. Girl, 15, with mystery illness that’s left her vomiting, bleeding and covered in a rash 10 WEEKS after a holiday in Menorca – but doctors still won’t perform a body scan. Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3990970/Mystery-illness-leaves-Gloucestershire-girl-bleeding-mouth.html (1 December 2016)

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