02 November, 2022

'Didn't really think it was much more than a normal bug': Mum's warning after son dies from meningitis


What a terrible tragedy, luckily mum is a nurse, however the poor little soul didn’t make it. Please read the entire article because it tells you the symptoms to look out for. Do not be dismissed by a doctor if you think they are misdiagnosing, you can invoke the state that you live in’s version of Ryan’s Rule. That sets off alarm bells in the medical system so be aware of your rights in health matters. If there is no equivalent of this law then there is a medical advocate to call or the minister of health. 


My sincere condolences to the family and other families that lose a loved one.

This is the list of state and territory equivalents, so learn your rights and stand your ground because a life may be in the balance, this covers mental health issues and also hospital in the home. This article is from 2016 so things may have improved where you live, but there is also the minister of health and your local mp to contact. If you feel that you are not being listened to and your loved one is in danger of dying then be empowered to stand up for their rights. 


 This is the link to the little Ryan’s coroner’s inquest. I found this highly distressing reading but necessary reading to understand what happened.

My husband almost died through medical negligence four years ago here in Canberra and had to call in the medical advocate from the hospital (CARE plan) or he could have died from a severe infection while doctors argued over who had the right to operate on him. So I am very cautious when dealing with the medical industry and the Canberra hospital has been in the news a lot due to deaths and other issues over recent years.  Most of the time doctors are very good but there are times too, when things go very wrong so I want people to be informed and empowered to take a stand when necessary. Be respectful and also informed on your rights. A life can be lost quickly if you are not paying attention to the signs and symptoms on time. 

Canberra health services link. https://www.canberrahealthservices.act.gov.au/


NSW, health REACH Keep Patients Safe link below.


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