Case Study Amy Carter

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A 15-year-old girl, Amy Carter suffered four heart attacks and multiple organ failure two days later on Christmas Eve. Carter has fallen ill in December 2009 with a sore throat and flu-like symptoms. Soon doctors diagnosed her with glandular fever, but her condition worsened. However, her general practitioner (GP) told her to take paracetamol which is used as a pain reliever and to reduce fever. Plus, she was discharged from the hospital. Carter wasn’t feeling well and they still sent her home, even when her parents were raising concerns because she was too weak to walk. Amy Carter passed 19 days in home getting worse, without eating or drinking and losing too much weight. Her parents were worried and decided to go to the hospital again. She…show more content…
To begin with, in the cosmopolitan age “dying occurs over so long a period that it is confused with chronic illness” and the cause of death could vary from AIDS, frailty, organ failure, dementia, etc. Amy Carter died from organ failure and because of her deteriorating weight loss, she was frail and vulnerable. Moreover, Carter was diagnosed with glandular fever, which can lead to symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Yet, the diagnosis was incorrect she had sepsis or septicaemia a life-threatening infection. And without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and in many cases death. On the other hand, according to Institut Pasteur this bacterial infection was first introduced in the 1800’s and in 2002 this infection was reintroduced. In the same manner, that it states in the cosmopolitan age, “Globalization bringing “new” or revived infections”. Furthermore, the time for dying is unclear and it could happen whether is too early or too late according to the value of society. Amy Carter died when she was only 15 years old and the doctors weren’t aware she was dying even though she asked the doctors if she will die, the day she was discharged from the…show more content…
Dying has become a trial, a stigma and an embarrassment in the cosmopolitan age. In other words, Amy Carter’s death is not a shameful death that is ravaged by dementia or HIV and without dignity. What was disgraceful was the way the doctors couldn’t do better for Carter, didn’t accept their mistake, and believed until the end that sending Carter home was correct. Nevertheless, dying soon for being poor and living too long due to affluence it can’t relate. There is not enough information in Carter’s case that she died as a consequence of her economic, religion or social arrangements. Amy died because of medical negligence and that’s why her parents have received a 'substantial' settlement from Worcestershire Acute

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