Shon Law explains his lifescaping philosophy; a reader responds to our story about Spencer Beckstead and Arnold Palmer Hospital
Published: March 12, 2014
Justice for Spencer
I would like to commend Orlando Weekly for having the courage to write and publish this article (“Lawsuit accuses Arnold Palmer Hospital of boy’s death,” Feb. 26). I have a feeling the Sentinel may fear losing advertising revenue for publishing a negative article about Arnold Palmer Hospital. Reading through the comments written here is disturbing. In this day and age where we can learn so much through social media and other Internet outlets it is surprising to me that there are still people who do not realize that there are so many wrong things that happen in hospitals. There are still doctors whose extreme arrogance and narcissism cause them to ignore and sometimes even punish anyone who questions them. I am the parent of a very beautiful special-needs child. She was born with birth defects in her brain. At the age of 3, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer which required three brain surgeries, 6.5 weeks of high dose cranio-spinal radiation and six months of high-dose chemotherapy. She has many side effects on top of her birth defects. As her parent, I chose to become an advocate and educate myself about my daughter. I have come up against doctors who do their best to dismiss my observations and thoughts. I have dealt with doctors who listen and consider my observations and thoughts. Thank God for those doctors who listened. It saved her life more than once. It sounds to me like Spencer’s father was the same kind of parent.
Dr. Farrell refused to care for Spencer because his father reported his broken leg to the authorities! Nowhere in the report did it say he accused her. He only did what a responsible parent would do by reporting his child’s injury. This hospital did to Spencer’s father the same thing that Boston Children’s did to that little girl’s family. They accused him of Munchausen, which was investigated and found to be completely unfounded. They accused him of having his family live in terrible conditions, which was also unfounded. They trespassed him from being at the hospital with Spencer because he adjusted something on his own after his calls for assistance went unanswered. Hopefully now with the media attention that little girl’s outcome will be much better than Spencer’s. Hospitals are powerful, and parents have little recourse, especially with the medical facilities hiding behind their risk management departments.
Justice for Spencer!
SMJ, via orlandoweekly.com
While I feel sorry for the kid, this story is nicely written to make some money off Arnold Palmer. There is more to this story. Never trust everything you read here ... the doctors in PICU are fantastic in Arnold Palmer. Everyone is greedy to make “fast” bucks at the expense of their own children. Very Sad.
Peace, via orlandoweekly.com