Doctors don’t always give the correct diagnosis to patients. When my child was 4 years old, we were told he had a cold and we were sent home. But he became progressively worse and he woke up with one eye closed shut. We went to the hospital. My son ended up spending 2 weeks in the hospital due to orbital cellulitis. Orbital cellulitis is a serious infection that causes inflammation of the soft tissue behind the eye. It can cause pain, swelling, and protrusion of the eyeball. Orbital cellulitis most commonly occurs when bacteria from a sinus infection spread to the eye. After several surgeries and massive doses of antibiotics, my son lived and we were able to go home.
However, many people are misdiagnosed every year and the outcome can lead to death.
Kycie Jai Terry of Utah was 5 years old and about to enter kindergarten when she complained of a sore throat and headache. Her parents assumed that she had a cold or the flu. Her mother took Kycie to the doctor. She went home with antibiotics for strep throat, but the medication did nothing. Kycie’s parents realized their daughter’s strep throat diagnosis had been completely inaccurate.
Kycie actually had type 1 diabetes and it went untreated for 5 days. Kycie was in and out of the hospital. Her parents thought she would be OK but she passed away while her father was holding her.