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Mother Speaks Out in LVH Child Endangerment Case

April Saul said she and her husband, Daniel Rivera decided to remove their daughter only after Lehigh Valley Hospital refused their repeated requests to have the child sent to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Pottstown mother who was charged with after she and her husband removed their child from Lehigh Valley Hospital against medical advice, has gone on record as saying she was just trying to help her baby.

According to a report by the Pottstown Mercury, April Saul, 42, said she and her husband, Daniel Rivera, 43, only decided to remove their daughter after Lehigh Valley Hospital refused their repeated requests to have the child sent to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The report also states that the 5-month-old girl has a heart defect, and despite Lehigh Valley Hospital lacking the specialist required for her care, the hospital stated that they could not transfer her to CHOP because Medicaid would not pay for it.

“Danny and I pled, in meeting after meeting with Lehigh Valley, for months,” Saul said, in the Pottstown Mercury report. “We kept saying, ‘We feel as though you lack expertise. We feel as though our child has issues you can’t address. We want her transferred. What do we have to do to get our baby transferred?’ For months we were just getting the runaround. ... They were just completely uncooperative.”

for allegedly using obscene language in the pediatric intensive care unit of LVH.

To read more of this story, visit the Pottstown Mercury.

Carl W December 14, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Unfortunately, as an undercover reporter working @ the Hospital Ctr, 3-yrs after opening, I can tell you openly that paying for the hospital was a clear priority, over wholesome healthcare. This realization came after an observation by the asst. supervisor of my dept. L.V.H.C. is most likely trying to pay off it's "Children's Hospital," caring more about that, than the life of that child. By the way, when the Hospital Ctr. found out I was a reporter, they clearly told me, "You say one bad thing, and we'll sue you." My client was a medical journal, for professionals. One of the 1st 40 trauma centers in the nation, tyhis article was for them to learn from them. That means, they needed to hear the MISTAKES, too, and they DID exist!
Carl W December 14, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Either way, I support the parents, IF the child could have been transferred safely. Caring about PEOPLE, and that includes infants & children, is part of what Obamacare is about.

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