I normally like to refrain from sharing publishing negative news, especially when death is involved. However, for the sake of our readers and everyone else, I figured it was worth sharing this awful news today. Today’s news update is on the late Gerald Keegan. Before I explain why we’re reporting this, I’d like to share some insight into who this man was. Gerald was an 88-year-old man from Faughart, Dundalk.
Back in mid-August in 2015, Mr. Keegan was admitted into the hospital after receiving blood test results. Based on my research, Mr.Keegan had some health issues which he was dealing with through the use of antibiotics.
Specifically, Gerald Keegan began taking an antibiotic known as Augmentin. This strong antibiotic contains something known as penicillin. Many people in the world today are allergic to this ingredient and therefore they stay away from any medicines that contain this.
How Did Gerald Keegan Die From Antibiotics?
Apparently, Gerald had been prescribed Augmentin after telling his doctors that he did not have any allergies to penicillin or other ingredients. Unfortunately, just 18-months later, he passed away.
According to a report, his daughter mentioned that Mr. Keegan rarely took any medications, to begin with.
Just a few days before his death, they were able to determine that he was allergic to the antibiotic and that his body was reacting to it. This toxic reaction caused him to develop a condition which ultimately caused his skin to peel severely. His skin was peeling on his hands, feet and all over his body. It was said to be extremely painful.
The cause of death was, “multi-organ failure secondary to a severe peeling skin rash due to an allergic reaction to penicillin-class antibiotics,” according to Dr. Marie Staunton, Pathologist.
Ultimately, the condition became known to be Stevens-Johnson syndrome and it’s a very serious condition.
So, why am I telling you this? Well, I’m sharing this news to help the Keegan family spread awareness about the situation they’ve had to deal with. In addition to that, I want our readers to understand how important it is that you get an allergy test to determine what you might be allergic to should you come in contact with it. If you have insurance, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t have allergy tests done by your local doctor. Knowledge is power and unfortunately, it can mean life or death sometimes.
Lastly, am I an advocate for not using antibiotics ever? No, that’s not the case. However, I believe that you need to know how your body reacts to things in order to best help any doctor assess your health conditions.