This sweet baby lost her life a few days after a violent encounter with a bully. How does one as a parent process that? In addition to this, her death was ruled to be from natural causes; an abnormality called arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Mind, the symptoms for this had begun over two years ago, and she was brought in for it six times. The dilemma of losing a child under these circumstances is a tragedy alone, but when she had given her complaints over to the health care system only for them to have seemingly done very little, that is a double tragedy.
For me, this is personal. I am deeply saddened by this chain of events because there are things that could have been done to prevent this. I am frustrated with the health care system as a whole and how it treats Blacks and even deeply Black women.
I took my two youngest children to the ER this year twice concurrently for the exact same problem. It was mind blowing how little treatment or concern they showed to my baby girl whose symptoms were actually worse than her brother’s. The first time, I ended up having to go back three times for her before they finally did enough to see that she had Pneumonia and RSV and was very sick.
I just don’t get it. I just DON’T get it. When doctors and hospitals are dismissive of a Black woman’s claims. Don’t get me started on my experience. Aye yi yi.
This poor baby could have had preventative medical care had the doctors dug a little deeper. She could have been more protected from the school bully had the school officials initiated more concern. Now, we add her name to an ever growing list of souls who were failed by our broken society. Raniya Wright, you will not be forgotten, and your story will always be in my heart. Rest easy, Sweetie. Rest easy.