Infant baby needed more care than Miramichi hospital provided, says mom – New Brunswick

After days watching their infant son struggle to breathe and fearing he might die, Mallory Stewart and Kyle Godin demanded more be done to help him.

Two-month-old Karsen Godin had been admitted to the Miramichi Regional Hospital three days before with the respiratory syncytial virus, often called RSV.

He was admitted on a Monday after the young family’s third visit to the emergency room. 

Stewart says she is angry at the level of care her son received at the hospital.

“I watched him turn purple, his stats were dropping significantly, he literally could not breathe and it was taking everything in him to breathe,” she said.

“I thought my baby was going to die.”

Common cold

While RSV is common in adults, it can can be serious in babies and young children. It is a common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in young children.

Mallory Stewart stands at her two-month-old son’s beside at the IWK, where he was treated for a partially collapsed lung and respiratory syncytial virus. (Submitted by Mallory Stewart)

Stewart said the medicated mist Karsen got every four hours in the pediatrics unit did little to help and was stopped on the second day. Doctors told the parents the RSV had to go away on its own.

An X-ray taken the first day had doctors thinking the baby may have had pneumonia. One doctor said the child would likely be ready to go home that Wednesday. But Stewart said her son’s condition just got worse.

The parents said they asked, then demanded that Karsen be sent to the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax.

Karsen was airlifted that night after being intubated.

After an X-ray at the IWK, medical staff found one of the baby’s lungs had partially collapsed, Stewart said.

“He was intubated and sedated for six days and he had a feeding tube the whole time,” she said. 

“We’re home now and every thing’s good but it was quite the scare.”

Made complaints

Stewart has filed complaints with the hospital about what happened and…

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