The parents of a four-year-old girl who died of an adenovirus outbreak at a pediatric nursing station in New Jersey are calling for closure.
Dorcase Dolcin is one of ten severely disabled children who died at the Wanaque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Haskell.
A total of 27 children and one employee have contracted the disease – 17 are currently struggling with the infection.
The outbreak was reported to inspectors at the facility a few days after the detection of "hand washing defects" in the facility housing elderly people and children.
Dorcase was disabled due to a lack of oxygen in the womb in the developmental phase, so he was completely disabled and weakened.
Her parents, Modeline Auguste and Ocrioimy Dolcin, accuse the employees of negligence. They said that her daughter often sat in dirty diapers and that she did not even get a flu shot before she died.
Modeline Auguste (left) and Ocrioimy Dolcin (right), whose four-year-old daughter died in a viral outbreak of adenovirus in a pediatric nursing facility in New Jersey, are calling for the closure of this system
Dorcase Dolcin (left and right) is one of 10 severely handicapped children who died at the Wanaque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Haskell. She did not get a fever until the 30th of September
Dorcase, the couple's only child, was born severely disabled in September 2014 due to lack of oxygen when Auguste was pregnant with her.
Her parents told NorthJersey.com that she spent the first three months of her life in a neonatal intensive care unit.
Dorcase needed to use a respirator to breathe, he needed a probe and never spoke a word. Her parents knew that she had to be cared for all day.
It was first used at the Voorhees Pediatric Facility, a long-term care center where four children were diagnosed with adenovirus in a separate outbreak.
In June 2016, Dorcase was transferred to the Wanaque Center, which is closer to her home in East Orange and was visited almost every other day.
However, there were several occasions when both mother and father said they felt their daughter was "neglected".
Several times Dorcase wore a double diaper – that is, the staff waited a long time to change them – and they even saw feces on their bodies.
"She was dirty with shit. Even the chair was dirty, "Auguste told NJ.com.
"If they do not know you're coming, the baby was always dirty," Dolcin told the website.
Only after a few days did the staff send Dorcase (pictured) to the hospital. On October 8, Dorcase died after the adenovirus developed into pneumonia and gastritis
Auguste (left) and Dolcin (right) say that her daughter often sat in dirty diapers when they visited her, and that the employees had not even given her a flu shot before she died
Dolcin says the healthcare workers did not even give Dorcase a flu shot.
"It's negligent because they do not take full responsibility for what happened there," he told NorthJersey.com. "They are only content with making money, not caring for the sick."
Auguste told NJ.com that Dorcase had a fever on September 30, which went up and down over several days.
Her parents asked the Wanaque Center to send her to the hospital, but the staff reportedly told them they were waiting for the doctor.
On October 4, a nurse told Auguste that her daughter's blood was in the blood.
"I said," Send her to the hospital, "Auguste said." They were still waiting for the doctor. "
The next evening, Dorcase was eventually taken to the Regional Medical Center of Saint Joseph in Paterson.
The doctors told the parents that they had pneumonia and a stomach infection, the couple told NJ.com.
So far, 27 children and one employee have contracted the disease at the Wanaque Center
On October 31, the US Department of Health issued a report to New Jersey stating that "four out of six employees were inadequate in their handheld hygiene." Pictured: The Wanaque Center
On October 7, Dorcase did not respond to treatment and on October 8, she passed away.
The next day, October 9, the Wanaque Center first contacted the state to inform health officials about the outbreak.
Adenoviruses usually do not cause any complications and the symptoms resolve themselves.
However, in children like Dorcase, who have weakened the immune system, adenoviruses increase the risk of developing a serious illness or neurological disease.
On October 31, the New Jersey Department of Health issued its report after a surprise inspection of the facility found its employees were negligent in washing their hands.
The report states that "four out of six employees on hand hygiene techniques had shortcomings."
The couple did not know that other children were ill until they saw other parents they knew in the hospital.
Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal told NorthJersey.com that Wanaque can not be closed because there are no pediatric care facilities in the country – there are only three more.
However, Auguste and Dolcin are of the opinion that closing the center is the only way to prevent another child from getting sick and dying.
"In order for me to be happy, the system has to be closed," Auguste told the website.