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Doctors Couldn’t Figure Out Cold Sores Inside 10-Year-Old’s Mouth Until Her Sudden Death

Doctors are human beings. Yes, they have extensive training too, but they are humans. You know what they say about humans – we make mistakes. Tragically, a 10-year-old Australian girl named Briony has died because her doctors failed to recognize and diagnose her medical condition. When Briony developed a fever and said, her throat hurt, her mother, Bridget Klingberg, too her to the doctor.

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In fact, Bridget took Briony to several doctors, and none of them could figure out what was going on with her. At first, they thought she had a throat infection and was given antibiotics. When those didn’t work, they took her to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide and the doctors there found ulcers.

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The next day she was sent home with a prescription for steroids. Briony continued to be in pain and the later she was unable to pass urine. Briony died in the parking lot of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

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The cause of Briony’s death was determined to be organ failure caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1. Those of us who have cold sores, also have HSV type 1.

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The herpes virus is very contagious and can be spread by direct contact or contact with saliva usually through kissing.

Dr. Alice Rogers had admitted Briony to the hospital when she saw the unusual ulcers, but a senior doctor decided she was well enough to go home.

Learn to recognize the symptoms, so this doesn’t happen to your child.

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