A 41-year-old Indiana woman has been arrested on several charges after being accused of injecting feces into her teenage son’s IV while he was receiving treatment for Leukemia.
Tiffany Alberts confessed under questioning by police to having injected the substance, WLFI reported.
Medical staff first raised the alarm Nov. 17, when they called on police to investigate a child abuse case. The 15-year-old boy had suffered several infections, for which there was no logical medical reason. Doctors added that he had positive blood cultures with organisms normally found in stool.
Police placed video surveillance equipment in the patient’s room and Alberts was caught injecting a substance into her son’s IV bag.
Alberts initially told police she had injected water to “flush the line” because the “medicine that was given to him burned,” WLFI reported.
However, she later admitted injecting fecal matter, alleging that she only did so to get her son moved to another ward where treatment was better.
According to Medscape, childhood survival rates for cancer have gradually increased over recent years. The five-year survival rate for children diagnosed with cancer is currently 80 percent.
But doctors fear the delay in treating the 15-year-old boy’s leukemia due to the various infections he suffered could have serious consequences. They told WLFI that the opportunity to get rid of the leukemia may have been lost due to the delay.
Doctors say the boy had his first round of chemotherapy in September. Soon after being sent home, he returned to the hospital with a fever and was vomiting. He has reportedly been suffering from similar symptoms ever since.
Doctors explained that the boy could have died from septic shock caused by the fecal matter entering his blood. Court documents said Alberts’ actions carried a high risk of causing death.
The boy’s health has reportedly improved since Alberts ceased being at the hospital.
Alberts has been charged with six counts of aggravated battery and one count of serious neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.
Sources: WLFI via WISH, Medscape / Photo credit: Marion County Jail via WISH