Salem mother wants to raise awareness after her baby's death

SALEM, OR (KPTV) - A Salem mother is reeling after she lost her child to a rare infection. Now, she wants to raise awareness about her tragedy to prevent another baby's death.

Evianna Rose was Ginger McCall's first and only child with her husband, and she was gone too soon. Evianna was just seven weeks old when she showed signs of being sick on March 15.

"She was making this really terrible mewing, moaning noise. Like a kind of repetitive, it was like a weak cry," said McCall.

McCall says she rushed Evianna to the emergency room at Salem Health, telling doctors she herself had tested positive for Group B Strep (GBS) while pregnant.

McCall tells FOX 12 her daughter was given a saline drip and Tylenol, then was discharged.

"I will never forget the nurse saying to me, 'This is her immune system getting stronger. This is her getting stronger.' And it wasn’t. It was her dying," said McCall of Salem Health. "Every minute that they delayed, every minute that they didn’t conduct the tests that they should’ve conducted, every minute that we spent driving between places. That mattered. It mattered."

After heading to the pediatrician, then back to Salem Health's emergency room, Evianna was rushed to Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

In Portland, McCall says she learned Evianna developed meningitis and sepsis from late-onset Group B Strep, a fast-acting type of bacteria.

McCall says doctors told her this is what led to Evianna's deteriorating health and eventually killed her on March 17.

"They handed her to us so that I could hold her when she died. And she died at 6:08 a.m. that morning," said McCall.

McCall tells FOX 12 she wants others to hear her story and know the signs of late-onset GBS and meningitis.

Salem Health provided a statement to FOX 12 Sunday:

“This is a heartbreaking loss, and Salem Health offers its deepest condolences. Due to HIPAA and the patient’s protected health information, Salem Health cannot comment on this individual case.”

McCall recommends other parents read about the symptoms of babies with GBS, including listening to the sounds of a baby with the infection at this website here: https://www.groupbstrepinternational.org/recognize-the-symptoms-of-infection.html.

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(2) comments

JusticeJ

Growing up in Salem you hear a lot of horror stories about the Salem hospital. I can't claim to know what goes on there at all but have reason to believe that a lot of their "doctors" have an extreme lack of communication. I have a hard time believing they are all individually this stupid. A few years ago I had taken DMT for the first & last time. I ended up being rushed to Salem Hospital where I was handcuffed to a bed & they ran a series of tests. Despite letting them know that I had taken Acid & that I was obviously hallucinating. From what I do remember they had given me a cat scan, which was completely unneeded. They kept telling me that my white blood cell count was way too high for someone at my age & typically they see this in meningitis patients. They insisted in giving me a Spinal tap, but didn't really give me any options. I was currently high on acid so I barely knew what was going on. My family was there and they did inform them about it. The next day I was met with an officer that had me sign an NDA, he told me to get out of the hospital & investigation I would have to sign this paperwork ignowleging it was okay for they to toss all my belongings into a biohazard because they believed I had meningitis. Again, this was not the case. They tosses my Oregon ID in the garbage, I had to go and buy a new one
My entire wallet, shoes & literally everything I had on me was tossed because they thought I had meningitis. Despite being told numerous times that I was having a bad avid trip.

A few days after I got out of the hospital I started to get massive migranes. Upon heading back to Salem Hospital I was told that due to the spinal tap they had given me the blood wasn't getting to my brain fast enough & was advised to lay straight on my back for about 3 weeks while it would form a clot & heal the passage that was leaking. Otherwise I would have to undergo a very risky surgery in my spine.

It did go away, but I now have very intense back problems. I don't want to attribute it to the Salem hospital. But I'm 25 years old & I've never had problems with my back before until that hospital visit.

I hope there is a serious investigation because a lot of my family mebers & friends have similar stories about the Salem hospitals malpractice.

CherryAnn1000

I live in Salem, and this doesn't surprise me at all. Years ago, my husband was very ill and they did absolutely nothing to help him. Only God made him well. I am so sorry for this family and this loss, and I hope they sue Salem Hospital for damages. Won't bring this precious baby back, but this facility needs to be held accountable since this isn't the first incident of stupidity here and won't be the last.

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