Archive for Thursday, August 24, 2006

Baldwin student ‘fine’ after collapsing

August 24, 2006


Baldwin School Supt. Paul Dorathy couldn't say much Wednesday about a Tuesday helicopter ambulance ride for a Baldwin High School freshman except that the girl is doing fine.

"She's in school today attending her classes," Dorathy said. "That's what I can tell you. For everyone to know, she's fine."

The school district is bound by privacy laws, and Dorathy would not reveal any more about Tuesday's incident on the football practice field at Baldwin High around 2 p.m.

The student was participating in physical education class, jogging on the football field, when she passed out, he said. Her teacher sent for the school trainer and an ambulance. The ambulance crew determined the girl should be sent to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., via helicopter ambulance.

"I'm not going to judge the ambulance crew's choice," he said.

Dorathy said the girl returned to school Wednesday morning with a note from her doctor.


reginafliangie 11 years, 6 months ago

As a person that works in the medical field, the article did mention that the girl was unresponsive for several minutes. As is protocol, when somebody is like that, they consider it serious. Maybe they were worried about some sort of trauma, or extreme heat exhaustion. Can't mess around with that. They took no chances on the childs life and made a decision to give her the best care they deemed possible at the time. Luckily it wasn't anything bad, but why take the chance? If she hadn't been flow and taken to LMH instead and had a serious problem then people would be upset that she wasn't given top care. Thats what insurance is for.

prioress 11 years, 6 months ago

reginafliangie: Good points. Some folks on the LJW board seem able to conduct medical diagnoses over the internet, just like Senator Frist!

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 6 months ago

well as a parent I think the over reaction was a good thing, if it was my child I would rather have people over react than under react.

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