Son Is In Pain For 37 Days When Doctors Dont Notice Penny Stuck In His Throat
When 8-month-old E.J. became ill, no one could figure out why. His mother, Samantha Knox, was devastated. E.J. began to develop a high fever and a rash on his stomach.
Knox says he was “listless and withdrawn.”
For 37 days, doctors insisted that E.J. had a viral infection. After numerous visits to pediatricians and urgent care, Knox always got the same explanation, but E.J. wasn’t getting any better
It was heart-wrenching to watch my son completely suffer, Knoxsaid.
Finally, doctors discovered the real problem: There was a penny lodged in E.J.’s throat. The mother has no idea how her son ended up swallowing the penny. It wasn’t good news, but Knox was relieved to have an explanation. The penny was steadily poisoning E.J. for the 37 days.
When they gave me the news, I immediately started crying, Knox said.
Knox believes doctors would have figured this out sooner if they had done their due diligence and taken X-rays. E.J. required surgery to have the penny removed but is doing quite well these days.He is back to his chipper, playful self. Knox now keeps the penny, which slowly became eroded in E.J.’s system, hidden away.
This very small object couldve potentially been the worst outcome for my son, Knox said.
The mother hopes that the medical bills will be forgiven since ultimately they accrued due to the ongoing misdiagnosis.
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