A two-year-old child dies in Biel hospital

A two-year-old child dies in Biel hospital
A two-year-old child dies in Biel hospital

What looked like a cold turned into a nightmare for a family in the Biel region. The “Journal du Jura” tells the story of a mother who tried to warn about the worrying state of health of her 2-year-old son, at the beginning of 2022. “If the doctors had done their job correctly, he would still be alive,” the parents still say today.

It all started around Christmas, with symptoms resembling a cold, says the mother. Despite two visits to the pediatrician and one to the Biel hospital, the doctors were not alarmed by the deterioration of the child’s health and recommended rest. However, he has a fever, he no longer eats, no longer drinks and lacks oxygen.

On the morning of January 17, the mother saw that her child was completely listless and rushed to the hospital once again. “The rest was like a nightmare,” she says. According to his account, he had to wait two hours before he was picked up. The child spent the night in the hospital, but not in intensive care. The next afternoon, he was as pale as a sheet, started coughing, spitting up blood, before suddenly stopping breathing. “He whispered ‘Mom’ before he died in my arms,” she says.

At that point, doctors rushed in and tried to resuscitate the child, who was taken to the Island Hospital in Bern, where he was pronounced dead about an hour and a half later. The doctors’ report cannot precisely define the cause of death. The parents filed a criminal complaint against unknown person. The courts dismissed the case a month ago. The Public Prosecutor’s Office indicates that in the absence of a precise cause of death, “it is impossible to affirm that a crime was committed” and “that no one can be accused of having acted badly”, we read in the daily life of Biel.

The family still believes mistakes were made in Biel, but will not continue their legal fight. Continuing the procedure would be costly in time and money, “and would probably have no chance of success,” regrets the mother.

“Medicine cannot always prevent death”

Without being able to comment on this specific case, the director of the Bienne Hospital Center (CHB), Kristian Schneider, speaks of a situation where infections spread quickly “and lead to organ failure, both in children and adults. As a doctor, it is sometimes impossible to stop such a development, despite all the measures taken. The manager speaks of two deaths of children in similar circumstances since he took office at CHB in 2017. “For loved ones, such a loss represents immeasurable suffering. Medicine can do many things today, but it cannot always prevent death.”

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