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    IL - Jaylen Brown, 13, disabled, dies of neglect, Chicago, 15 May 2008

    I just can't imagine how painful this must have been . . .

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,7404667.story

    Bedsores 'bone-deep' despite 24-hour care by 2 licensed nurses

    Jaylen Brown needed round-the-clock care, and the 13-year-old developmentally disabled boy with cerebral palsy was supposed to have it. His mother had the help of two licensed practical nurses to care for her son seven days a week at their South Side home.

    And yet the boy died Thursday of complications from "bone-deep bedsores" that the Cook County Public Guardian called a "a disgusting case of neglect" that a number of people should have seen before it was too late.

    The boy's death has been ruled a homicide, with the cause being blood poisoning from neglected severe bedsores, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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    Oh for feck's sake was this a conspiracy of neglect or something?

    life must have been hell on earth for the poor mite!

    bung 'em in the clink!

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    Horrible. Mom was 16 when she had him too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malapoo View Post
    Horrible. Mom was 16 when she had him too.
    She had two other children as well. It's just crazy . . .

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    I've always said we should have been created to need some minor little surgery or some type of "treatment" to enable us to reproduce. Wouldn't solve all the problems of the world, but at least it would cut way down on situations like this. Add to teen mom and then young mom with too many kids, one child who is seriously disabled - no defense for mom or nurses, but this was a disaster waiting to happen from day one. And how protected are the other two kids with relatives? I mean unless there was no relationship at all, they must have known things weren't right?

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    I'll withhold judgment until more is known. I recall reading that Christopher Reeves had horrible bedsores that could not be "fixed" (I believe sepsis from the sores was a cause of his death, IIRC) - and he had the best care, I'm sure. My prayers for this family.

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    Is it wrong of me to think the 73 yr old nurse might not have been really that able to "nurse" that well? I don't know what the boy weighed, but my 8 yr old is about 60 pounds and I know I'd need help to move her around if she was that severely handicapped.

    His mom was a single mom w/3 kids. Was she working outside the home too? Why didn't those doctors call CPS if they were so concerned? Surely they could have made home visits! I'm not blaming them, just asking....

    This is just so sad. I feel sorry for him as he must have been in a lot of pain before he died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southcitymom View Post
    I'll withhold judgment until more is known. I recall reading that Christopher Reeves had horrible bedsores that could not be "fixed" (I believe sepsis from the sores was a cause of his death, IIRC) - and he had the best care, I'm sure. My prayers for this family.
    You know my dad had horrible sores that turned to sepsis. He was being treated, but after he died, we found out that they were treating the wounds incorrectly. Different sores require different wound care. I never knew this and neither did the nurses or doctors on the case. It was a wound care specialist who was called in much later who told us this.
    By then it was too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csds703 View Post
    You know my dad had horrible sores that turned to sepsis. He was being treated, but after he died, we found out that they were treating the wounds incorrectly. Different sores require different wound care. I never knew this and neither did the nurses or doctors on the case. It was a wound care specialist who was called in much later who told us this.
    By then it was too late.
    I am so sorry about your Dad.

    My Dad who is diabetic got a bed sore last Autumn. Being a diabetic makes it harder for any wound to heal, esp a bed sore. They are extremely painful...just can't imagine what this young man suffered through



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    Quote Originally Posted by csds703 View Post
    You know my dad had horrible sores that turned to sepsis. He was being treated, but after he died, we found out that they were treating the wounds incorrectly. Different sores require different wound care. I never knew this and neither did the nurses or doctors on the case. It was a wound care specialist who was called in much later who told us this.
    By then it was too late.
    I'm so sorry to hear that about your Dad, csds. My friend (a doctor) tells me a number of people get sepsis and die from bed sores each year - even when treated correctly.

    I'm not saying the poor boy wasn't neglected. I just believe that I don't have enough information to know that yet. Any way you look at it, it is heartbreaking. I believe this boy is in a better place now, free from a compromised body and from pain.


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    I'll withhold judgment until more is known. I recall reading that Christopher Reeves had horrible bedsores that could not be "fixed" (I believe sepsis from the sores was a cause of his death, IIRC) - and he had the best care, I'm sure. My prayers for this family.

    I agree. I'm a nurse, and have seen and treated some heinous decubitus ulcers (bedsores) in my time. Yes, decubs to the bone, and decubs I could fit my fist in. They sometimes also tunnel subcutaneously into surrounding tissue, adding to the challenge. It is not always due to neglect. Once even a minor one develops, particularly in someone whose system is already compromised, or cannot move at all on their own, it can worsen very, very quickly into a nightmare. I have seen decubs that were literally treated around the clock (q 4 hours) by very competent staff, just worsen and worsen.

    We'll see what this brings...I am not willing to demonize the family or the nurses at this point.

    Is it wrong of me to think the 73 yr old nurse might not have been really that able to "nurse" that well?
    Possibly...when I was fresh out of school, my preceptor (i.e. the nurse who taught me everything nursing school didn't, which was a LOT) was a 75 year old army nurse who had served in WWII. She remains the best nurse I have ever personally observed or worked with, and she worked until she was 78. On the other hand, she was probably rather unique.

    Edited: To explain 'preceptor', I was afraid maybe someone wouldn't know the term.

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    I truly hope this boy was not neglected. What a horrifying painful death.

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    how sad. poor little boy

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    Quote Originally Posted by crumbsnatcher View Post
    I agree. I'm a nurse, and have seen and treated some heinous decubitus ulcers (bedsores) in my time. Yes, decubs to the bone, and decubs I could fit my fist in. They sometimes also tunnel subcutaneously into surrounding tissue, adding to the challenge. It is not always due to neglect. Once even a minor one develops, particularly in someone whose system is already compromised, or cannot move at all on their own, it can worsen very, very quickly into a nightmare. I have seen decubs that were literally treated around the clock (q 4 hours) by very competent staff, just worsen and worsen.

    We'll see what this brings...I am not willing to demonize the family or the nurses at this point.



    Possibly...when I was fresh out of school, my preceptor was a 75 year old army nurse who had served in WWII. She remains the best nurse I have ever personally observed or worked with, and she worked until she was 78. On the other hand, she was probably rather unique.
    Welcome, crumbsnatcher! Thank you for your perspective!

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    Welcome, crumbsnatcher! Thank you for your perspective!
    Thank you! I hope I can add more in the future.

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