Her Natural, Home Based Holistic Medical Treatment Killed Her Son
Now this mother is off to prison
November 18, 2017
At left, Ryan Lovett, 7, who died of a treatable strep infection in 2013. Right, his mother Tamara Lovett who was sentenced Friday to three years in prison. Photo: Facebook
(CALGARY) -- The Canadian government wanted to send a message to all parents who refuse to seek adequate, modern medical care for a sick child: you'll be held responsible in the event of that child's death.
Tamara Lovett, 48, a Calgary mother was convicted back in January of criminal negligence for what prosecutors called her son's "senseless" death in 2013 after she failed to take the bedridden 7-year old to a doctor for a commonly treatable strep infection.
On Friday she was sentenced to three years in prison.
Government prosecutors wanted a sentence of four to five years, her defense attorney argued for one year in jail plus probation, according to Canadian news reports.
A Court of Queen's Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik said Lovett's sentence, besides being punishment for failing her son in his time of need, was also intended to deter other parents from failing their kids in the same way.
Prosecutor Jonathan Hak said, "If your child is not getting better, you are legally and morally bound to take your child to an actual doctor for actual medical care."
In March of 2013 as her son grew steadily sicker, instead of taking him to a doctor or a hospital emergency room, Lovett treated him at home for ten days with "oil of oregano and dandelion tea," according to court documents.
On March 2, 2013 Lovett called 911 after finding Ryan on the floor in their apartment. He was deceased by the time paramedics arrived.
Lovett testified in court she believed her son had a cold or flu and treated him with holistic remedies such as that tea and oil of oregano because she believed in that type of medicine.
In September of this year in court, Lovett testified, according to CBC News, that she no longer holds those views about holistic medicine and now blames herself for her son's death. "Every day I punish myself; I think about Ryan and I blame myself for not knowing better and for holding limiting beliefs that ultimately led to the death of my child. At the time, I thought I was doing the best for my child...I hope others learn from my ignorance because these beliefs are no longer entrenched in my psyche and this has been a painful lesson. Every moment of every day is a reminder of what I've lost..forgive me for my ignorance."
The double tragedy of her son's death is that since 1968 Canada has had modern, universal health coverage where every citizen is covered.
For everyone in Canada, including non-Canadians who are permanent residents, medical care is free, paid through collective taxes, and that coverage takes care of virtually everything other than prescription drugs, glasses, and dental care.
Most Canadians have some form of supplementary insurance to cover those things that their basic health insurance does not cover.