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“When we say there are life and death consequences now, it’s no longer an exaggeration for a family like us,” said her mother, Katie Fulje.
Fort Worth, Texas — 7-year-old Felicity “Lissy” Frugé has a smile that can brighten any room.
Even through her long medical journey, she retains her vibrant personality.
Lissie suffers from moderate cerebral palsy. She cannot walk, talk or eat alone. Her parents, David and Katie Frugé, sought to avoid her feeding tube to give her the best quality of life. They kept it working until she was recently hospitalized for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Lissie couldn’t eat for 5 days.
The doctor then told his parents that it was time to live with a feeding tube that needed surgery.
Licie was scheduled to undergo surgery at the Cook Children’s Medical Center on September 21, but was postponed.
On Thursday, Cook Children announced that they would discontinue non-urgent surgery due to a shortage of staff and beds due to the latest COVID-19 surge. The hospital will not start reschedule the elective surgery until October 11th at the earliest.
“I’m just … [disappointed] At so many different levels, “Katey said. “I know Cook Children didn’t lighten that decision. I know it’s offending them, but it also felt very unfair at that moment. This was so preventable that there was something we could do now to keep our children safe. “
Cook Children’s Chief Nursing Officer, Cheryl Pettersen, told WFAA that the number of sick children she recently treated was a “catastrophe.”
“This is a very serious decision, a very serious assessment of what will continue and what will be postponed,” said Petterson.
On Friday, a Cook Childrens spokesman said the hospital had 30 patients with COVID-19. The Dallas / Fort Worth Hospital Council said Friday that only four pediatric ICU beds were available in North Texas Trauma Service Area E. The region has a population of over 8 million.
Lissie’s parents say her surgery is important.
“If she gets sick, it’s miserable for her and will probably kill her,” said David. “Especially if the hospital doesn’t have a place for her.”
They filed an appeal requesting Cook Children not to postpone Lissie’s elective surgery scheduled for next week. On Friday, they were anxiously waiting for a reply.
A Cook Children spokesperson refused to comment on Lissie’s case because of privacy laws.
“When we say there are now life and death consequences, it’s no longer an exaggeration for a family like us,” Katie said.
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