The free market ensures the best and brightest compete to be in healthcare. In Canada, it's nepotism to the extreme, the best and brightest will leave for America while in Canada barriers are placed in favour of State Pasties and their family. Thus, our healthcare suffers. Yet another victim of socialized healthcare. They sent her home, needing to deal with the incompetence and stress of a system that deters doctors from doing the necessary tests due to costs. This is the end result! She had a massive temperature, her lips are turning blue, and they send her home! This reminds me of a healthy guy in high school who died even more suddenly, overnight in fact, of this very same ailment. Our system even those years ago fully unacceptable. Do NOT follow the Canadian system! The sanctity of life is not followed in our system. Meningitis kills Ottawa woman less than 24 hours after doctors sent her home A 23-year-old woman has died of meningitis less than 24 hours after doctors at an Ottawa hospital sent her home with a prescription for penicillin and an uncertain diagnosis. Samantha “Lily” Mueller died suddenly on June 27, a day after seeking medical attention at Queensway Carleton Hospital for a stiff neck, sore throat and headache. Roxsanna Mueller, Lily’s mother, said her daughter began complaining of feeling “really horrible” on June 25. After taking Advil and going to bed, Mueller says her daughter came into her room at 4 a.m., unable to move her neck, and with a temperature of 105.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Lily was immediately taken to Queensway Carleton Hospital’s emergency department, but returned home two hours later with a prescription for penicillin instead of answers. Mueller says Lily told her that doctors were uncertain of the cause of her illness, but suggested it might be strep throat or mononucleosis. Over the next few hours, Lily’s condition began to worsen. Mueller tried giving her daughter the penicillin, but the 23-year-old began vomiting and couldn’t keep the prescription down while her temperature hovered between 102 and 103 degrees. The family rushed Lily back to Queensway Carelton where she was admitted. Mueller says her daughter began to complain of pain whenever she tried to breathe, and her appearance had changed drastically; her skin was white with her lips turning blue. Lily was intubated to help with breathing and given intravenous antibiotics and fluid. However, doctors still could not give the family answers. The family was told by doctors that Lily had “a very strong virus…is it Strep? is it Mono? We don’t know.” Mueller says she asked specifically about meningitis, but was told that it did’t comply with Lily’s symptoms. Instead, doctors put Lily on a broad spectrum of antibiotics, but informed the family that Lily had become septic. Shortly after 3 a.m, Lily died surrounded by her family. “It was a nightmare,” Mueller told The National Post. “I couldn’t believe I was talking to her the day before and she was lying there dead.” The distraught family began demanding answers as to how the young and healthy employee of a fitness club could suddenly have died. “I was screaming at them ‘You sent her home. Why did you send her home?’ They just had no answers as to why they sent her home.” After her death, it was confirmed that Lily had been infected with meningococcal disease, a dangerous bacterial infection most common among infants, teenagers and young adults. “I want to know why they let her go,” Mueller said. “Why did they let her walk out the door with penicillin when they didn’t know what it was?” Meningicoccal bacteria can be transmitted through respiratory and throat secretions like saliva through kissing or sharing drinks, or through living in close contact to someone infected. Lily’s family has been vaccinated against meningitis and given prophylactic antibiotics to ensure they hadn’t become infected.