This appears to have been a preventable death.
A Calgary mother is facing criminal charges in connection with the death of her seven-year-old son.
Police allege the boy, who lived in a suite with his mother, was suffering from a treatable illness, but that he was not given proper medical attention, despite his deteriorating condition.
The officers claim the boy was given holistic remedies and was bedridden for up to 10 days prior to his death.
The cause of death is given as a strep infection which can be cured with conventional antibiotics, but not with herbal medicine or homeopathy or other fringe “treatments”. Emergency medical personnel took the child to the hospital after a seizure. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. I’m not sure of the laws in this municipality but charges are for neglect for failing to provide proper care. Parents need to get the message – alternatives to modern medicine is NOT adequate health care. There is no detail about what the child was treated with but that hardly matters – it wasn’t medicine. I’m sure more will come of this.
It’s important to spread this information widely and, unfortunately, to make examples out of parents who choose this course of action over medical care. That’s the only way that potentially harmful practices can be eliminated from society.