SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) – A Salem mother accuses the hospital that treated her newborn daughter for her death after saying that she did not notice any critical signs that could have saved her life.
"I miss you all the time and what makes it worse, I think if it had been something different, it would still be with us," Ginger McCall said.
McCall has been playing the last Friday's moments for a week in her mind.
"We had so many plans for her," she said.
These plans were canceled after Evianna Rose, Evi, seven weeks old, woke up with a fever and made an unforgettable noise.
"It was the most agonizing sound I could ever have imagined," McCall said.
The first-time mother rushed to the Salem Health emergency room and told doctors that she had been tested positive for group B strep during pregnancy. This infection can be transmitted to a baby during birth and can cause infection.
After some tests, McCall said the doctors gave Evi saline and Tylenol, then sent her home and told her it was probably just a virus.
"They tell me she'll be fine, she's fine," McCall said.
Hours later, with no sign of recovery, McCall hurried back to the emergency room where Evi was taken to Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
The doctors there told McCall for the first time that her daughter had sepsis and meningitis. On Saturday, she was declared brain dead.
"I'll never stop being sad about her," McCall said. "I wanted to have a baby for so long and I just had to have her for 7 weeks, and I'll never know who she might be, hear her voice or hear her laugh."
Now McCall accuses Salem Health of not having done more.
"I'm just so upset and what they told me is that Group B Strep caused the meningitis and sepsis that killed them," McCall said. "I'm upset that this happened, I'm upset that they did not really seem to listen to us." KOIN 6 News turned to Salem Health, which said on the basis of data protection laws that they could not comment on McCalls case.
"This is a heartbreaking loss, and Salem Health expresses its deepest condolences," said the hospital.
McCall plans to meet with the hospital next week and intends to contact the Oregon Health Authority What steps can she take to prevent another family from suffering the same loss?
"I want them to say what they're going to do to make sure this does not happen to anyone else," McCall said. "If I can influence." Change is my responsibility and that is a way to honor her and that is a way to love her, even though I can not have her and she can not grow up. That can be her heritage. "