An Indiana teacher is awaiting trial after the woman injected fecal matter in her son’s chemo IV bag in the hopes of getting him moved to another hospital. The boy was severely affected by the unconventional treatment as the infections he developed threatened the outcome of the leukemia treatment.
This Wednesday, the woman posted a surety bond of $80,000 in order to be released from jail. Marion County prosecutors are accusing Tiffany Alberts of voluntarily mixing her son’s leukemia treatment with fecal matter. Her acts threatened the life of the teenager as his immune system was severely compromised by the bacteria from the stool. Moreover, the feces injections also delayed the cancer treatment, doctors believing that the boy lost a great window of opportunity.
Alberts, originally from Wolcott, lost her husband last May. Her son was then diagnosed with leukemia, and the woman decided to go on leave from her teaching job to be able to take care of her son.
While the boy was undergoing chemo, he complained several times that the medication was causing him to feel severe burns in his chest. Alberts did some more research and found that there is another Riley unit that offers better leukemia treatment.
She needed an excuse to have her son moved to the other facility, so she decided to make him seem sicker. The woman was planning to use her son’s deteriorating condition as a legit reason for a transfer.
Security cameras captured her injecting a foreign substance in her child’s IV bags, but when she was questioned about her actions, Alberts declared that the syringe was filled with water. According to her, the water was meant to relieve the burning sensation caused by the medicine.
However, after the boy developed a severe, life-threatening infection in September, the doctors ran blood tests only to discover that the boy’s blood contained the same bacteria that is usually found in fecal matter.
The eventually confessed that she injected stool in her son’s chemo IV bags because she thought that it was the best way to get him transferred to another unit where he would receive better care.
Since the mother was imprisoned, the boy’s health considerably improved. Even if the mother is now awaiting trial outside jail, she is not allowed to contact her son.
It is possible that the woman injected fecal matter in her child’s treatment as a result of a nervous breakdown. However, it is very likely that she will lose custody of her 15-year-old son.
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