I originally thought this was yet another one for the Religious Horror Show, but it turns out that there is no demonstrable link to religion. There is, however, a very strong link to homeopathy and that’s yet another irrational belief that no intelligent human being ought to hold because, as we’re about to find out, it can and does lead to death.
A 44-year old mother, Tamara Lovett, from Calgary, British Columbia, is facing, and has probably already been convicted of, charges of negligence and failure to provide the necessities of life in connection with the death of her seven-year-old son, Ryan Alexander Lovett, who died of a treatable bacterial infection in March. Lovett failed to take her sick 7-year old son to the hospital, instead choosing to treat him with homeopathic drugs, which are essentially water. The boy, who had been sick for at least 10 days before his death, looked very ill and several of the mother’s friends had seriously advised her to seek immediate medical treatment. On the boy’s final day, she called 911 and when paramedics arrived, he was pronounced dead on the scene.
“It should absolutely serve as a warning to other parents,” said Calgary Police Service Staff Sergeant Michael Cavilla. “The message is quite simple: If your child is sick, take them to see a doctor.” According to officials, Ryan Lovett had absolutely no medical records, he has almost certainly never been to a doctor in his entire life. The autopsy revealed that Ryan died of a Group A Streptococcus infection which was easily treatable, had he been taken to a credible doctor.
I’m sorry, but why is that a message we have to give to parents? Why are there still people in the world who can’t figure out that medical quackery and religion don’t actually solve any problems? This shouldn’t be an issue in the modern world. At least in Canada, it is illegal to deny children food, shelter, care and medical attention necessary to sustain life and protection from harm, regardless of one’s beliefs. That’s something we really need to have in the United States and I’m not sure why we don’t.
“If you do not provide medical attention for your sick child, you will be held accountable,” said Cavilla. “The legal requirement is that she get medical attention through traditional western medicine to deal with the illness. And in this case it was a bacterial infection that could have been easily treated with antibiotics such as penicillin.”
So here’s another dead kid, killed by the woo-beliefs of his parent and while she’s likely going away for a long, long time, that doesn’t bring him back to life. It really doesn’t matter if it’s religion or not, it’s all asinine, absurd and utterly indefensible.
Why won’t these people just recognize reality?