Claude Strass and his family endured a horrible ordeal due to an incompetent health care facility in their hometown, Inverness, Florida that neglected to administer the correct anti-malaria medication prior to a trip to Africa, but failed to recognize the symptoms of the ailment, and when he begged for help from the Center for Disease Control, he was rebuffed by the hospital staff.
Ashley’ story in her father’s words are on the web site – www.denied-justice.com look for the tab Ashley’s story.
Claude commented to a story here and his words bring tears that such a thing can happen in a country (USA) where we have the best health care available, testing facilities and specialists in all fields.
Humanity is an interesting thing.In the case of Ashley Strass’ death, we have been surrounded by so much love and compassion. Our neighbors, friends, relatives, strangers, people in restaurants and stores who knew our Ashley, a doctor in the airport putting life back in her body, employees from the airlines Ashley was flying on comforting Ashley and her mom, the federal officers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working so hard to support our family. We have been so blessed to have so many concerned.
Now comes all those professionals who had the opportunity to protect or save Ashley’s life. Not one of them has ever shown our family any compassion. They all try to withhold information, cover up, make excuses or just plain refuse to talk to us. We will not let our little angel be treated as a piece of rotten fruit to be disregarded and forgotten.
Ashley had such a great life and future ahead of her, and so many dreams of what the future would bring. We as a people must stop making excuses for those who failed our little angel and stand up for her because she cannot speak for herself.
There are two stories here: One is our little girl’s tragic death, and the other the defective and broken medical system that almost also took Ashley’s mom and unborn little brother. We must as a community work together to put accountability back in this system along with responsibility. We cannot let Ashley’s death have no purpose. Let’s rally around this little girl’s tragedy to correct a broken health care system so it doesn’t fail another mother, father, brothers and sisters.
I also must thank the Citrus County Chronicle for telling Ashley’s story. They did a wonderful job.
New to this blog? http://www.denied-justice.com is a web site that holds documents, court transcripts, autopsy for Raymond Zachry, the reason for the blog, Justice for Raymond. Ray suddenly, unexpectedly died September 25, 2007. The autopsy revealed that he had a huge amount of lethal poison in his system. Still the coroner refused to cooperate and allow an investigation.
Ray’s story and video interview with the toxicologist who examined the autopsy reports are at www.denied-justice.com as well as Ashley’s story.
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