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Dad's agony

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, February 09, 2014

THE Anthony family of Nakasi in Nasinu had harboured hope that their only son would be inducted at the Assemblies of God High School prefects' investiture on Friday. But this hope was dashed when Lawrence Anthony, 18, died at the CWMH early on Wednesday.

While dad Anand Lal Anthony wouldn't apportion blame, he said the sad part was that his family wasn't given a satisfactory explanation of Lawrence's sickness during his two days in hospital.

He claimed that four doctors had given him four different explanations of his son's sickness.

"Lawrence had to be rushed to the CWMH on Monday morning because he was shivering and felt cold all of a sudden. From there we left everything to the medical professionals because they are the experts," Mr Anthony said.

"He was admitted for two days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and I was told by the first doctor he had a virus in his blood.

"The second doctor told me his kidney and liver were giving up and they prescribed medicine and pills which I bought because I wanted my son to get well

"On Tuesday morning, another doctor told me Lawrence had very high dengue fever.

"I was really confused because I had been already told of two different sicknesses, however, both were not symptoms of dengue fever."

Mr Anthony said that since he wasn't a medical expert, he had to accept what the doctors told him.

He claimed that the last doctor to see his son informed him Lawrence had suffered internal bleeding.

"Despite all these, my son was alive, talking, breathing and even recognised people.

"On Wednesday morning, I called the staff in charge before 3am and they told me Lawrence was doing well, that there was a slight improvement in his condition.

"But at 5.48am, I received a call from a staff member to tell me my son was no more."

Mr Anthony said he still couldn't understand how these qualified medical professionals couldn't agree on an explanation of his son's sickness.

Students of AGHS also visited Lawrence's home on Friday and presented his prefect's badge to his parents.

The Health Ministry confirmed in a statement an 18-year-old male died at the CWMH on Wednesday morning.

"The deceased was in a critical condition when presented to the CWMH hospital on Monday (03/02/14) and was admitted into the ICU.

"The post mortem report confirms that the deceased succumbed to internal haemorrhage in particular to the lung and the heart."

Mr Anthony said since he wasn't a medical expert, he had to accept what the doctors told him.

He claimed that the last doctor to see his son informed him Lawrence had suffered internal bleeding.

"Despite all these, my son was alive, talking, breathing and even recognised people. On Wednesday morning, I called the staff in charge before 3am and they told me Lawrence was doing well, that there was a slight improvement in his condition. But at 5.48am, I received a call from a staff member to tell me my son was no more."

Mr Anthony said he still couldn't understand how these qualified medical professionals couldn't agree on an explanation of his son's sickness.

Students of AGHS also visited Lawrence's home on Friday and presented his prefect's badge to his parents.

The Health Ministry confirmed in a statement an 18-year-old male died at the CWMH on Wednesday morning.

"The deceased was in a critical condition when presented to the CWMH on Monday (03/02/14) and was admitted into the ICU.

"The post-mortem (examination) report confirms that the deceased succumbed to internal haemorrhage in particular to the lung and the heart."








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