Medical Child Abuse is abuse by doctors not parents
Over the years I have seen dozens of children with complex pain conditions who have been accused of Conversion Disorder. Their poor parents (almost always the mother) accused of Medical Child Abuse (MCA) or Munchausen by Proxy (MBP).
I was shocked to learn that several organizations offer a ‘Fellowship’ training in Medical Child Abuse. One such program is in my home state of Rhode Island. Yes, the Hasbro Children’s hospital in Rhode Island offers a dubious fellowship course called Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship. Other organizations (most of them are non-accredited) that provide the same disservice are The American Board of Pediatrics etc. These people (I will refer to them as ‘doctors’) are Pediatricians. Fellowships in Medical Child Abuse (MCA) are the least lucrative fellowships in Pediatrics. Which means that Pediatricians that choose this fellowship were not able to get into some of the better fellowships like Neurology, Sports medicine.
In all the cases of Medical Child Abuse that I have seen, it’s the mother that has been accused. In most cases, the mother is a medically enlightened person, usually a nurse. Medical Child Abuse ‘doctors’ do not charge parents who are physicians. I wonder if its because a real doctor would challenge them on their own grounds.
A usual case of Medical Child Abuse that I see is as follows: Parents come in with their young child with a medical problem. They have been to many doctors, many hospitals. Most of these appointments last anywhere between 4 hours to 5 hours. It involves going through every bit of information, every complaint, every symptom, every sign, treatments tried, test results and a thorough physical examination. At the end of all this, I come up with a diagnosis. Now, the determination that I make are of two types. There are diagnoses that I am very sure of, and then there are some that I am reasonably confident in making. I call it ‘connecting the dots’, trying to understand the underlying issue that is causing all these problems in the child and connecting them. Once I explain in great detail about what is going on with the child and how the different medical issues are linked, there is a collective sigh of relief, happy tears, and excitement.
These are battle weary parents who have been struggling with the medical and the legal system to help their child. Parents who have only love and kindness for their child have been treated shabbily by these Medical Child Abuse ‘doctors’. They are mentally fatigued. Financially ruined. Their own sense of self, pride in being good parents have been shattered by these ‘doctors.’
I have yet to see a valid case of Medical Child Abuse. None of the children that I have seen have Medical Child Abuse.
More on this subject later. Lots more.
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