Is increasing brain tumor awareness important?

If in doubt, consider this story, ripped straight from the headlines.  “Mum dies of brain tumour after birth.”  As if this were not tragic enough, the doctors actually diagnosed her condition as an “ear infection.”  Rosie Kremer, 24, had complained of headaches, loss of appetite, dizziness, and sickness early on in her pregnancy and the doctors diagnosed labyrithitis.  Guess what  labyrithitis is:  an EAR INFETCION.  Even though things got worse and worse throughout the pregnancy (dramatic weight loss, agonizing pain), the doctors thought she was just having a “bad pregnancy.”  Rosie spent the last five weeks in bed, unable to sit up or use her hands.  Six hours after giving birth via caesarean, Rosie was pronounced brain dead.  In a CT scan taken months too late (it was taken post-mortem), a large brain tumor was found on her brain stem.

So how can this happen in modern medicine?  Part of the answer lies in a lack of brain tumor awareness, apparently even within the medical profession.  This outcome did not have to occur.  So the answer to the question posed in the headline: YES, YOU BET, ABSOLUTELY, NO DOUBT, WITHOUT QUESTION.

Her death was on 29 May 2012.   Rosie’s courageously donated her organs, saving the lives of others in the face of a complete failure of the medical profession.  Rosie’s family is suing over her death.  From where I sit, the judgment should be astronomical and her doctors should be criminally prosecuted.


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