'Homeopath Dad' Confesses To Failing to Treat His Eczema Afflicted Baby

by Tanya Thomas on  May 8, 2009 at 8:03 AM General Health News
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 'Homeopath Dad' Confesses To Failing to Treat His Eczema Afflicted Baby
The homeopath dad who was accused of 'criminal negligence of a sick daughter' has admitted his failure to switch to conventional medicine when his alternative medicinal treatment of the child's chronic eczema didn't cure her, a court has heard.

According to The Australian, Thomas Sam allegedly told police in an interview after his nine-month-old daughter Gloria Thomas died from an infection: "I could have done better. I should have taken better care of Gloria."

Sam and his wife Manju have pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court to their daughter's manslaughter in May 2002 by gross criminal negligence.

In opening the defence case for Sam, Carolyn Davenport SC said her client had reacted to his daughter's condition using his own knowledge and "what he was told by doctors."

Counsel for Mrs. Sam, Tom Molomby SC, told the jury his client also realised she was wrong in not seeking conventional medical aid for Gloria sooner.

He said the jury would need empathy and understanding for the position Mrs. Sam found herself in - a new mother with her first sick baby from a culture where homeopathy is viewed as an accepted, regular part of life.

They were more concerned with their social activities during a visit to India than their baby daughter"s health, a Sydney jury was told on Tuesday.

Prosecuting lawyer Mark Tedeschi told the NSW Supreme Court that Thomas Sam, 42, and his wife, Manju Sam, 36, were responsible for the manslaughter of their nine-month-old daughter, Gloria Thomas, in Sydney in May 2002.

Though both have pleaded not guilty to the charge, they are accused of failing to get conventional medical help for their daughter, who was born in July 2001 and suffered severe eczema in the last five months of her life, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Tedeschi said that in February 2002, Manju Sam took Gloria to a Sydney paediatrician, who prescribed medication.

When told she was going to India with the baby to see her family, the specialist became very upset, saying "it was cruel to do that to Gloria,""" Tedeschi said.

He alleged Manju Sam had travelled to India partly for citizenship reasons and partly because she was not coping with Gloria and wanted help from her family.

He said Manju Sam arrived in India on February 23, and her husband joined her in April, when his brother was getting married.

"The crown case is that you will conclude that the two parents were almost totally fixated on their social obligations, visiting people and travelling around, to the exclusion of any concern about Gloria"s deteriorating state of health,""" Tedeschi told the court. The trial continues.

Source: ANI

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I dont think it is a sin to treat the baby with homeopathic medicines.Iused to treat my children with homeopathic medicines.If it is a sin please specify that in Australia children should not be given homeopathic medicines.But please note that it is a system of medicine which is accepted by WHO as the second widely accepted medical system in the world.They resorted to a system of medicine which is accepted. If they dont really loved the child they wouldnt have given any treatment. unfortunately it didnt worked for the baby.It can also happen for the allopathic medicines. So please dont crucify the innoscent people and imagine if you are in the same position.Allow them to live with their son who is in an age which is strongly in need of their parents care.give them one chance.consider their agony they are undergoing from 2002.have some humanitarian attitude.

It is wrong to say that, the father had admited his failure, by a simple one line statement in the COurt.
When we all fail to achive some thing that we wished, we all say, we could have opted a better option. When a major surgery fails even with a good surgen at a good Hospital, we will say the same thing, we could have done this at a better Hospital with a better Dr.
I know the family, seen their pain, how well they took care of their child, during thier visit to India on vacation. The mother always sits with the Child to care the child. I have seen such cases with other childrens too, there is no permenant cure in Alophathy medicine. Many are living with Homeophathy treatment only.
Alophathy Drs. can not guranty that, their medicine could have saved the Child. They will only say, they will do their best, it is always done on a trail basis.

Now they lost their baby, they are blessed with another baby, we are suppose to support the parents to bring up their child.
The honorable lawyers and Court must have not thought of their living child, what happens to this child, if the parents are made to stand in the victim box. I see this case as a case by few members of Alophathy system against the Homeophathy. If the Court is so sure that, Homeophathy is not a treatment, why not take the steps to stop the practice.

With great regards to the Modern Doctors and modern treatment system.

REji Mathew


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