Child-Saving Stories

Diagnosing A Student-Abroad’s Health Crisis In Belgium
An exchange student in Belgium, the 21-year old son of a Boston family, suddenly takes ill with vomiting, then fever with severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. He seeks care at a local hospital ER; is told he has acute appendicitis. His parents called us, then our on-duty doctor calls the son. In an 8-minute interview and subsequent guided exam, we rule out appendicitis, and diagnose a more likely, but unusually aggressive form of food poisoning. We consult with the local ER staff, and advise them the boy is not a surgical candidate, but needs a close follow-up plan. We start the young man on two antibiotics from his WorldClinic medical kit, and track his progress closely. Twelve hours and four follow-up phone calls later from us, the son’s symptoms are gone.

Getting A Young Daughter Out Of Danger
A 5-year-old girl with a history of peanut allergies is at lunch with her nanny. After a lunch of French fries and chicken fingers, her 19-year-old nanny notices her upper lip starting to swell; within three minutes she is having a hard time breathing. She calls our hotline for help. Through an iPhone FaceTime link, our on-duty doctor guides her on how to use the child’s EpiPen. Resort staff and local EMS are also mobilized to assist. 12 hours later, the child is released from the local hospital to the custody of her summoned parents. The cause of the allergic reaction: restaurant staff had mistakenly added peanut oil to the French fryer that morning.

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