Many times in life we are torn between trusting an expert, or challenging their views.
The parents of baby Dalton DiIorio were faced with this problem. As their son clung to life in the
neonatal intensive care unit, they were faced with the decision of solely relying on the doctor’s advice
on what treatment should be, or they could be proactive with the treatment of their son and try to find
alternative ways of helping him recover. Doctors may prefer their patients have a submissive attitude,
but being a proactive patient may be the determining factor in life or death.
Patients aren’t solely relying on the advice from their doctors. They are researching their medical issues
and arming themselves with information from the internet. However, many doctors are reluctant to
listen to their patients because they believe the information obtained from the internet isn't credible.
There should be an effective line of communication between doctors and patients. Doctor’s should be
able to answer and explain any of your medical questions and concerns regardless of the origin of their
It’s always important for physicians to listen to their patients concerns.
Baby Dalton was born premature and as a result was placed in the neonatal intensive unit. Trying to
figure out whether Dalton suffered any brain injury after birth was a challenge. The ultrasound given by
the hospital was inconclusive, and according to the nurses, there was no other way of determining his
injuries. Feeling helpless in the aid of their son’s recovery, the DiIorios turned to the internet for
guidance in finding alternative procedures that may help him. They stumbled upon a new technology
called the DWI which was not commonly used, but promised to provide a more conclusive result than a
regular ultrasound. The DiIorios introduced this information to the nurses and doctors at the hospital,
but were not... [continues]
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