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Updated: 12/02/2013 3:11 pm
Reno (NV)

On News Four at Five we told you about a local family whose son became seriously ill with something called Guillain Barre Syndrome.

It is a serious auto-immune disease that affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis and even death if not treated quickly.
When he was taken to Renown Children's Emergency Room, a pediatric neurologist in town refused to consult with the ER doctor saying because he was not on call he would not consult on a new patient.
So what does that mean for children in the Reno-Sparks area when it comes to critical health care?
It's been a little over a month since Tripp William's parents took him to UC Davis Children's Hospital.

"I got more scared after all the doctors said, how did you not come here in an ambulance?that made me really scared."

With weakness and tingling throughout most of his body and no access to a specialist,

his parents felt like they had no choice but to take him out of the area for care.

"They did blood tests, a CAT scan, urine analysis and nothing came up, but obviously the ER doctor knew something was definitely wrong by watching Tripp walk, he could feel tingling and his voice was starting to change."

His condition can cause paralysis and problems breathing and in hindsight... his parents say they now know that a trip over the hill without a medical escort could have been deadly.

"We need to spend money on recruiting the professionals that we need here to ensure our children are taken care of."

The child neurology bench is very thin...we need some more players."

Dr John Rothrock is the medical director for Renowns Institute for Neurosciences.

He says they are working hard right now to bring pediatric neurologists to the area.

"We have three outstanding candidates we are looking at now. We are going to do everything we can to hire at least one as quickly as possible."

Rothrock says it's a supply and demand issue. There are not many physicians who specialize in pediatric neurology but many cities that need them.

"I can promise you and I made this commitment that in a very short period of time...we have the capacity at Renown Neurosciences Institute to take care of sick children 24/7."

Rothrock says the recent  passing of pediatric neurologist Mindy Schwartz has made the situation more  urgent because the  patient load is simply too heavy for one or even two specialists to handle  effectively.
In the  meantime, he says if a situation arises that the ER cannot adequately handle, they will transport patients out of the area, but that is not the goal.. the goal is to be able to get that care here.



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SLPMMK123 - 12/5/2013 11:24 PM
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I am appalled by this news story. As a graduate from the UNR School of Journalism I would think your reporters would have higher ethical standards. This man has done nothing but help the hospitals in this community since he stepped foot in this town. Not only that but, the statement made by this accusing woman AND YOUR SO-CALLED NEWS REPORTER being that Dr. Rodriguez is the "only child neurologist in town" is not accurate. There are four other practicing child neurologists in this city. This woman obviously has no idea what it means for a doctor to be ON CALL and OFF CALL. This does not make him liable for ANYTHING, nor did he break any medical standards doing so. The child had never even been seen by the doctor before! Dr. Torch was never even called about this patient because this woman refused for any other neurologist to treat her child UNLESS it was Dr. Rodriguez. This woman wanted the help of the best child neurologist in town for a NEW patient during an emergency when he was not on call, yet there were 4 other doctors that could have also been contacted for the situation. NOW THAT'S BREAKING NEWS! WOW UNBELIEVABLE!? GET THE STORY STRAIGHT NEXT TIME. THE MEDICAL WORLD IS DRASTICALLY CHANGING AND ONLY PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THIS BUSINESS ARE THE ONE'S WHO UNDERSTAND. MAYBE YOUR NEWS CHANNEL SHOULD DIG A LITTLE DEEPER NEXT TIME BEFORE DECIDING TO RUN A TARNISHING AND BIASED NEWS STORY ON ONE OF THE MOST LOYAL MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE SPENT THEIR LIFE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED OF HIS SERVICES. .

mom24monsters - 12/5/2013 5:46 AM
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On one hand, the family is probably better off that Dr. William Torch didn't treat their child, because he tends to order tests that are not only costly, but unnecessary. Second, even if he had been on call, he would not have gone to the hospital, because as I was informed on my first visit, he does not go to hospitals, so don't bother going to the ER if you have a problem! I know he had to be Dr. William Torch, because he is the only pediatric neurologist in the area! furthermore, if the diagnosis or treatment plan was not designed by him, he becomes argumentative and questions it!

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