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[UPDATE: Teddy's mistreatment has continued, and she was repeatedly hospitalized on an emergency basis since this article was written. The latest was her admission via emergency ambulance to Westchester Medical Center on 1 April 2002. As has been the case with previous hospitalizations that followed our forced separation, those in charge of her saw to it that no objective neurological records of her would be kept. In addition to the disappearance of some previous records, no EKG or MRI were made all these years, and even regular recording of Teddy's weight by medical providers ceased. During her latest emergency hospitalization I was told by the hospital neurologist at Westchester Medical Center that Teddy needed medication, and that she was keeping her at the hospital to schedule neurological lab evaluations. Darryl De Vivo and his cronies overruled that physician and discharged Teddy at once, so as to again avoid the recording of objective evidence of Teddy's actual condition. (3 April 2002)]
On October 25th 1999, Teddy, age six, weighted 45 lb (20.4kg). Teddy also weighed 45 lb (20.4kg) when I brought her to New York at the age of three. She is tall and extremely thin, like the children shown in pictures of famines. Teddy, who was kidnapped and held hostage, beaten, raped, degraded, humiliated, burned and tortured (also 454kb audio), was starved and poisoned under the guise of the ketogenic diet, prescribed and supervised by Dr. DeVivo of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Judge Ingrid Braslow who abated and advocated this crime has quit under pressure.
Teddy is periodically thrown at me by different people, some complete strangers, for what the locals call "visitation".
The ketogenic diet, never proven scientifically, gained popularity in the media and has made many doctors rich at the expense of innocent children.
Following is an affidavid with information on the inappropriate and unprofessional application of the ketogenic diet on a child who was devastated as a result by an unscrupulous, rich and famous physician, Dr. Darryl DeVivo of New York's Presbyterian Hospital. ctr8/9/00
William H. Bloom, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Neurosurgical ConsultantTelephone (516)665-6685
270 East Main Street
Bay Shore, New York 11706
Affidavit of William H. Bloom, MD., F.A.C.S.
I, William H. Bloom, being first duly sworn, depose and state:
I have been in contact with Mr. Photius Coutsoukis regarding his daughter Theodora.
Mr. Coutsoukis supplied me with a history regarding Theodora's condition and with records from hospitals, physicians, psychologists, educators and other providers.
On the basis of that information it certainly appears to me that Theodora's condition seriously deteriorated beginning in the fall of 1997 and continued to deteriorate for the period covered by these records. These records also show that she had previously progressed beyond expectation.
The neonatal hospital report shows no evidence of congenital conditions and neither do the genetic test reports.
Regarding Teddy's change of treatment in 1997, it seems that the change and the way in which it was implemented were improper and it certainly appears to me that a reasonable case of malpractice exists, for the following reasons:
- . According to Mr. Coutsoukis, he made Dr. DeVivo aware that Theodora spent her days with her father and that he was her primary care provider since birth. And yet, he chose to not speak with him, in spite of Mr. Coutsoukis's several attempts and refused Dr. Skouteli's offer to speak with him any time of the day or night, and, he chose, instead, to assume the validity of medical history recounted by Theodora's mother.
. Upon change of treatment Theodora sustained seizures of such magnitude ("more than 15" minutes of unconsciousness was her mother's stated criterion for taking her to the emergency room) that twice she was hospitalized on an emergency basis.
. With the seizures came major setbacks ("regression" as they called it) noted by her care providers.
. Removing Theodora from a medication that worked quite well and without significant side effects and substituting a ketogenic diet was, in my opinion, a departure from standard practice, one that produced lasting brain damage, in view of the severe seizure problems that followed.
. After Theodora ended up in the emergency room and hospitalized at Westchester County Medical Center in November 1997, instead of reverting to her previous, successful treatment, the new treatment was continued, with Teddy then having more seizures and another emergency hospitalization a month later.
. The treatment was continued, even though evidence of brain damage surfaced after these seizures and even though Theodora's care providers clearly spoke of the sudden losses in her ability to function.
. It does not appear that other important factors in Theodora's treatment were well considered, such as the psychological aspects of her life and proper training and implementation of the diet.
Whilliam H. Bloom, M.D.
September 15, 1998
Notary Public, State of New York
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