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Canadian mother whose son died from strep throat sentenced to three years in prison

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 28 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5521
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A mother from Calgary whose son died after she attempted to treat his strep throat at home with dandelion tea and oil of oregano has been sentenced to three years in prison for criminal negligence causing death.

Tamara Lovett, 48, a believer in holistic medicine, did not call a doctor when her 7 year old son Ryan developed a throat infection, only calling an ambulance after two weeks of illness when she found him collapsed on the floor. He was pronounced …

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