“Medical Child Abuse”—Be Careful What You Post

On Shaken Baby

bubby&familypngWhat started out as a feel-good story about the kindness of strangers has turned into a CPS nightmare for a family in the Pacific northwest, where doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital have accused Thomas Everson and his wife Brandi McNerny Everson of exaggerating their son’s disabilities and subjecting him to unnecessary medical care. The diagnosis has several names, including “medical child abuse” and “caretaker-inflicted illness.”

The tale started in February, when the family issued an on-line request asking people to send their special-needs son “Bubby” a card for his ninth birthday, maybe with some stickers inside, because Bubby loves opening mail, especially when he finds stickers inside. Bubby lives with both physical and mental impairments, the long-term effects of a virus he contracted in utero, which makes it congenital Cytomegalovirus or CMV.

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The family’s request for mail went viral and Bubby received thousands of birthday cards, a development that led to even…

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