SALEM, OR (KPTV) – A Salem mother is howling after she lost her baby to a rare infection. Now she wants to raise awareness of her tragedy to prevent another child's death.
Evianna Rose was Ginger McCall's first and only child with her husband, and she was premature. Evianna was only seven weeks old when she showed signs of being ill on March 15.
"She made this really terrible mewing, moaning noise. As a kind of repetitive it was like a faint cry," McCall said.
McCall says she hurried Evianna to the emergency room at Salem Health and told doctors she had tested positive for Group B Strep (GBS) herself during pregnancy.
McCall tells FOX 12 her daughter got a salt water drop and Tylenol and was then discharged.
"I will never forget the nurse who tells me:" This is her immune system that gets stronger. This gets her stronger. "And it wasn't. It was her to die," McCall from Salem Health said. "Every minute they delayed, every minute they didn't carry out the tests they should have done, every minute we spent driving between places." It was important. "It was important."
Following the headline for pediatricians back to Salem Health's emergency room, Evianna was appalled at Doernbecher's Children's Hospital.
In Portland, McCall says she taught Evianna developed meningitis and sepsis from the early group B Strep, a fast-acting type of bacteria.
McCall says the doctors told her that this is what led to Evianna's worsening health and eventually killed her on March 17.
"They handed her to us so I could keep her when she died. And she died at 6:08 am that morning," McCall said.
McCall tells FOX 12 that she wants others to hear her story and knows the signs that we are starting to start with GBS and meningitis.
Salem Health made a statement to FOX 12 Sunday:
"This is a heartbreaking loss and Salem Health offers its deepest codolences. Due to HIPAA and patient protected health information, Salem Health cannot comment on this individual case."
McCall recommends other parents to read about the symptoms of babies with GBS, including listening to the sound of a baby with the infection on this site here: https://www.groupbstrepinternational.org/recognize-the-symptoms-of -infection.html
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