“Bethany’s mum visited today to find her with hundreds of burst vessels around her face and eyes.”
Beth has been exposed to a known trigger, (relentlessly and for hours I suspect), seemingly with no strategies to prevent the impact of the trigger becoming harmful. As a result of experiencing unmanageable stress, she became distressed and used her clothes as ligatures. The bruising sounds like petechial haemorrhage to me.
No one told her parents that she had to be wrestled to the ground, stripped naked and dressed in ‘safety clothing’:
How can that be? How can a child put their lives in such peril and their parents NOT be notified?
Did she receive any medical attention? Was she medically assessed or was she only tackled to the ground, stripped naked injected with sedatives?
Is that really all the ‘care‘ that can be managed for £13,000 per week of taxpayers money?
Being in this suit sounds horrific, and since they leave it on for days, I can’t help but think they are using it as a punishment. Do they really think this will deter her from being autistic and distressed in future and ‘learn to behave differently?’
I can’t help but wonder if the staff at St Andrew’s lack the education they deserve to such a mind-boggling degree?
This ‘care’ is not necessary. It is traumatising and abusive. Beth needs to feel safe and this could start TODAY, in the cell.
Reading through the incidents, it could sound as though exacerbating her difficulties (or allowing them to escalate) will allow them to label them differently and ‘prove’ that the ‘care’ she is receiving is ‘necessary’.
To onlookers, who only have part of the story, and lack wider knowledge, it could perhaps all be wrapped up with the message that this sort of treatment is necessary and inevitable. We can stop that by keeping the wider dialogue going and keep informing all of Beth’s wider story and information about PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance).
Matt Hancock (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care) replied to Bethany’s Dad to say “Jeremy, it’s heartbreaking. I’m working on it right now.” Should you wish to tweet him you can do so using this link.
It’s not just about Beth.
The situation this weekend was triggered by the distress of another young person. Someone else’s child being brought, in extreme distress, to be locked up in a cell near to Beth. I wonder if they are in a torture suit too? I wonder if they have family that can visit? Cards to receive?
I wonder if they think the world has forgotten they exist.
Follow Jeremy, Bethany’s Dad here. Don’t be afraid to ‘like’ the tweets as this indicates to all “I love Beth’s strength”. For the sake of all the Beth’s out there please keep this story alive.
Remember, You can help:
Beth likes jokes and would love to receive cards. Keep them cheerful! Send them to Jeremy, Beth’s Dad, 31 Oaklands Avenue, Harborne. Birmingham, B17 9TU.
You can email jokes to Bethany’s dad at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the sake of Bethany, and all the other children, young people and adults receiving such inappropriate ‘care’ please keep sharing this.