Maggiore on Primetime Live

As a follow-up to my HIV posts: ABC's Primetime Live did a segment on Christine Maggiore and her daughter's death last Thursday night. I thought it was just going to rehash many of the arguments seen here and elsewhere; but I was pleasantly surprised by the value added. First, they had the medical examiner explain why he was led to the diagnosis of AIDS. I had figured that he may not comment, but I'm glad he did. Second, they actually showed the slides from the lung and brain on TV. The lungs showed large colonies of P. carinii in the alveoli of the lungs (a place that is normally sterile, regardless of what other non-pathologists might say). It's pretty uneqivocal evidence for PCP. Before they showed this, they asked Maggiore:

Q: What would it take for you to acknowledge that your child died of AIDS?

A: She would need to show evidence of fatal pneumonia. If there is such evidence I welcome that being brought forward.

There is no better evidence for this fact, but it did not sway her.

Third, ABC's website actually posted the ME's report. An independent pathologist was given both the ME's report and Mohammed Al-Bayati's report; he agreed with the ME. (I wish they had actually intervied this guy, or another uninterested party from the pathology profession.)

Lastly, we heard from Maggiore herself that the child was much sicker than I had been previously led to believe. Many denialists will have you believe that she could not have had PCP because it was her first AIDS illness, the X-rays showed nothing, it happened quickly, etc., etc. This is nonsense; PCP is by definition an atypical pneumonia - pneumonias can be separated into typical and atypical based on their signs and symptoms. PCP (along with viral pneumonia, Legionairre's disease, and a long list of others) presents atypically (especially in children) which means the lack of any certain signs or symptoms has no value in ruling out the diagnosis. The definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy/autopsy.

The negligible chance that this child died from something other than AIDS are getting smaller as more information comes to light.

Update: Respectful Insolence has more, including an update of Dr. Bennett's report, and a few extremely suspicious ommissions for Dr. Al-Bayati's original report.


Link Round-Up:
HIV Dissidents
HIV Dissidents, Continued
HIV Dissidents: The Continuing Saga
Parents Vs. The State
Maggiore on PrimeTime Live

Respectful Insolence 1
Respectful Insolence 2
Respectful Insolence 3
Nick Bennett's Rebuttal to Al-Bayati's Report

The Medical Examiner's Report
Mohammed Al-Bayati's Comment on ME's Report

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On page 22 of the pdf

On page 22 of the pdf version of the coroners report it states that on the 05-04-2005 Jay Gordon thought that Eliza might have pneumonia and thenfound that she had a "low grade ear infection". Thus the pneumonia did not come completely out of the blue.

I cannot link to the

I cannot link to the coroner's report - it no longer seems to be on the abcnews site. Any help as to where else to look? Thanks in advance.

There is a copy

There is a copy here:
http://www.ratbags.com/rsoles/comment/maggiorecoroner.pdf

By the way, thank you for

By the way, thank you for hosting the revised version of Dr. Nick Bennett's report on the autopsy. It was interesting reading and I as a lowly engineer understood most of it.

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