Toddler hospitalized for a month with a cold sent home with medical devices – CBC

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Nov 24, 2022

Anne Griffith says hours before her daughter Amelia had to be put into a medically assisted coma, she was well enough to go to daycare.

Her toddler had a cold and a stuffy nose the morning of Oct. 19, but no fever. But by the early afternoon, Griffith said, daycare workers were worried that Amelia — who was born partially paralyzed from the chest down — wasn’t breathing well.

Griffith packed all of Amelia’s supplies, including feeding equipment that connects to her stomach, and picked her up.

During the 30-minute drive to CHEO, eastern Ontario’s children’s hospital, Griffith kept glancing at her 22-month-old daughter, concerned she might stop breathing.

“She was so pale,” Griffith said. “And her lips were a very pale blue.”

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