What is “Medical Child Abuse?” We need to become more aware of this horrific crime against kids…

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A medical collision with a child in the middle… Click and learn more…video clip included…

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SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF

“Lou and Linda Pelletier, with their daughter Jennifer, on a visit to another daughter, Justina, at Boston Children’s Hospital. A juvenile court judge had backed the state’s decision to take emergency custody of the ailing 14-year-old while allowing her parents visitation rights. After that, the girl’s stay at Children’s would stretch from days to weeks to months.”

A horrific case of ‘medical child abuse…’ Click and learn more…

Medical Child Abuse
A New Perspective on Munchausen  Syndrome by Proxy Edited by Nichole Wallace, MD, FAAP…quote from this extensive report…

What is Munchausen Syndrome by
Proxy?
ß  Traditionally defined as the fabrication or
induction of illness in a child to gain attention.
ß  Results in needless medical intervention and

Diagnostic Criteria: DSM‐IV  Factitious Disorder by Proxy
ß  Intentional production or feigning of physical or
psychological signs or symptoms in another person who
is under the individual’s care.
ß  The motivation for the perpetrator’s behavior is to
assume the sick role by proxy.
ß  External incentives for the behavior (such as economic  gain) are absent.
ß  The behavior is not better accounted for by another mental disorder.

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Since April is the month for child abuse awareness, my radar is looking for content and news on this subject to share with my readers.  I was horrified to learn about “medical child abuse,” a term not heard by me in recent times nor in any of my research to date.  I can’t imagine fabricating and risking the health of a child for financial gain!  Apparently, it does happen and is hard to prove.  It is important as medical professionals, friends, family, and neighbors we become more aware of this form of neglect and child abuse.  Parents accused of this crime, appear to cleverly pull off this terrible act of abuse on kids and often get away with it.  But the knowledge, research, and case studies are teaching us much more so that innocent children can be protected from harm and sometimes death.

Please take a moment of your quality time to visit the reference and resource website provided in this blog post to learn more.  I intend to keep a watchful eye and ear on this topic as well and report back to my readers as we learn more.

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…

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