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Teen Piercing Sparks Near-Fatal Infection; By BROOKE DONALD; The Associated Press; Tuesday, August 9, 2005; 9:39 AM
BOSTON -- A 13-year-old was in critical condition and her mother faced criminal charges Monday for failing to get medical help after the girl's attempt to pierce her own belly button caused a severe infection lasting weeks.
By the time Deborah Robinson's daughter was taken to the hospital last week, the former middle school track runner weighed about 75 pounds and was near death, authorities said.
The girl was found by paramedics in the family's apartment Wednesday morning after they received a 911 call about an ill child. According to a police report, the girl was lying on a couch in the apartment wearing an oxygen mask.
Prosecutors said the girl's infection was caused by her attempt to pierce her navel. The small flesh wound progressed to damage several of her organs.
Prosecutor David Deakin said at Monday's court hearing that a doctor who treated the teenager said she likely would have been in "incredible pain" within 24 hours of the onset of the infection. Medical evidence, he said, indicated that the girl was sick for two to four weeks. (source...)