Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sad and Bizarre Story......

I read a story in the newspaper last week (NOT the one that produces so much hilarity from its police blotter, but a REAL newspaper) about the tragic death of a 21-year-old man. He was injured in an accident when the truck he was riding in slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler during a rainstorm. He was treated at the hospital for a broken arm and released to his parents.

When they got him home, the young man was incapable of walking from the car to the house unassisted, and he was apparently too large for his parents to carry him. So they took turns sleeping IN THE CAR with him. Sometime during the night his mother realized he had stopped breathing, and the young man DIED.

There is just so much wrong with that story. These are rhetorical questions, mind you. I'm not trying to solve the case or anything. Some of the folks who commented on the original story have been cruel enough.

Why did the hospital release him if he couldn't walk?
Why didn't his parents return to the hospital?
What did they GIVE him at the hospital to render him immobile?
What caused his death? If it were carbon monoxide poisoning, why didn't his mother also succumb?

I feel terrible for his parents. I cannot imagine the grief a parent experiences after losing a child, particularly in circumstances like these. My heart goes out to them.

1 comment:

Amy said...

add to the list of things wrong with that story "was there NO ONE they could call for assistance to get him out of the car???" wow..I find that so sad.