The night before the girls died their parents took the children to the emergency clinic after they complained of feeling ill, with at least one vomiting. They parents, Shimie and Michal Gross explained that they mentioned the fact that an exterminator was in their home a number of times, yet they were sent home and instructed to give the children Acamol (Israeli Tylenol). Terem officials deny that the parents mentioned the exterminator, which should have led the doctor to realize they were suffering from exposure to a toxic substance due to the signs and symptoms of the children.
Medical askan Rav Benny Fischer, who heads the Magen L’Choleh organization spoke to Moti Lavi on Kol Berama Radio on the Thursday morning 23 Shevat “8 to 10” program, and he explained that both parents told him that they mentioned the exterminator to the doctors several times.
There was one room in the house that was so infested with moths that they had to call an exterminator once annually. This is what alarmed them regarding the reaction of the children, since they never had such a reaction after the exterminator. It is important for me to stress that when they were in Terem they mentioned the exterminator sprayed the house to doctors several times.
In Terem they are claiming they were not aware of the exterminator. This poses a big question regarding the emergency clinic as to why the children were sent home in this condition.
I asked abba and ima and they told me, each one independently, that they told doctors repeatedly about the exterminator.
Now, because of Terem’s version contradicting the father and mother, there is a difficult situation because they are not speaking the truth. I arrived immediately following the incident and asked them and they told me that they mentioned this to the doctors a number of times. It is hard to imagine that parents in this type of serious situation would not tell the truth. The response from them was in the midst of tears and the mother said she told this to the doctor numerous times. The criticism against Terem is justifiable and the behavior [of Terem] is scandalous.
The situation could be different now.
If they would have placed the girls on a ECMO it is possible that they could have been saved. It does not make a difference but bottom line, the parents told Terem – it is terrible.
What is most outrageous is the disregard and the denial. That is crueler.
This is a terrible injustice, staining the family as if they concealed information.
The official statement released by Terem is “First the Terem network wishes to express deep sorrow over the tragedy. The family came to Terem in good general condition after they had dinner. They complained of nausea after eating. The medical team conducted comprehensive medical exams and they were devoid of suspicious findings. After receiving the results of the test and providing treatment for nausea, they were released to their home.
As soon as we learned of the deaths and the condition of the other siblings a team of Terem pediatric and emergency medicine experts convened and reviewed the case. After speaking with the treating physicians and medical staff in the hospital a preliminary evaluation was done and it was determined they received the best possible care in accordance with accepted professional medical standards in accordance with the test results obtained. Note the general situation of the family was good and there was no suspicion of any urgency regarding their situation.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)