UPDATE: The Midland Memorial Hospital sent the following statement regarding this story:
Due to patient privacy rights, we cannot discuss the details of specific patient care; however, as a county hospital and in accordance with the law, Midland Memorial Hospital will never refuse treatment of someone presenting to our emergency department in need of emergency medical care. Furthermore, full examination and treatment is always required on any child under the age of nine.
MIDLAND — One year old Logan was stung by a Striped Bark Scorpion on his birthday, his mother says Midland Memorial Hospital denied the baby care, Thursday night.
Megan Benavidez, mother of two, says she was completely frightened after her baby was stung by the venomous creature.
“I was literally scared for my son’s life,” Benavidez said.
Benavidez did what any other parent would do and rushed her child to the hospital.
“My son was rejected medical care,” Benavidez said.
Megan explained the nurses at Midland Memorial wouldn’t even look at the sting or even take Logan’s temperature though he had a severe reaction.
“He was vomiting, had diarrhea, and he was in pain,” Benavidez said. “He was drooling, numb and couldn’t walk on his foot.”
However, the nurse offered one piece of advice.
“She just pretty much told us take him home and hope for the best,” Benavidez said.
Benavidez took matters into her own hands by calling poison control who gave her some instructions.
“They told me not to mix ibuprofen and Benadryl,” Benavidez said. “That’s something I would have done if they didn’t tell me.”
Even, Logan’s little brother Isaac was extremely worried and scared.
“I was hoping that he would be okay,”Isaac said.
Casie Graves, one of Benavidez’s close friends was there when Logan was denied care.
“You never really know what’s going to happen, especially at that age,” Graves said.
As a health care professional herself, Graves believes the hospital failed at providing care.
“Compassion,” Graves said. “Anybody in the health care industry knows compassion is important.”
Although Logan is okay, Benavidez wants to make sure this doesn’t happen again to any child.
“Something needs to happen,” Benavidez said. “I don’t know what, but something.”