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Streptococcus Pneumoniae

04/05/2011

Question:

My 6 year old daughter has been in the hospital for 15 days now and has been sick for 25 days. She was diagnosed with critical strep pneumonia that has attacked her left lung causing the lung to collapse. She is in PICU and has had 4 chest tubes, a surgery that was done to the outside of her lung-peeling the yucky stuff-off her lung and having a broncular surgery from going into her lung from the inside. She has been sedated for 11 days now because of the breathing tube placed down her throat, and would like to know if her lung will inflate back out since it is still collapsed and even after those surgeries done to her? And are the doctors doing all that they can to help her?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. You must be very concerned about your daughter.  Your questions are good ones, but they can only be answered properly by her treating physician who is familiar with her history, physical exam, and test results.  You should insist that they answer these questions in a way that you are able to understand before consenting to any treatment.  If your physician is unable to help you understand these issues, you should get a second opinion. 

Best wishes to your daughter and you.

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Response by:

Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati