Baby D.P. aged 3 years was referred by a local surgeon who was treating the baby for more than 8 days for left sided Pyothorax/empyema. Pus continued to flow unabated from the inter-costal drain inserted into the child’s chest cavity. This condition is fatal if not quickly controlled. Stronger antibiotics had had little or no effect in controlling the infection. The baby’s health continued to deteriorate until the surgeon thought it fit to try Homeopathy, having heard of my experience in treating similar cases of antibiotic resistant infections. I was invited to see the child in the hospital where she was admitted. The child’s general health was poor with chills and high grade fever, mostly at night. The exudate too was more profuse at night.
The pus from the drain was thick yellow, blood streaked, viscid and offensive. Despite the general cachexia the child was remarkably hungry. The baby would perspire profusely especially in bed at night, the perspiration being quite offensive. The tongue was protruded with difficulty and was flabby and indented. Saliva was profuse and dribbled from the corner of her mouth. The mother complained of the baby’s foul breath and pus. Based on the child’s symptoms, the indicated homeopathic remedy, Mercurius V. 30 was prescribed at 2 hourly intervals for the first day and later 4 times a day for 5 days. All allopathic treatment was stopped during this period. The inter-costal drain was retained. The child showed a positive response within 24 hours and continued to improve without a hitch until complete recovery took place. The first X-ray taken on 28-02-2011 shows the heavy pus exudate in the left chest cavity.
The 2nd X-ray below, shows the empty chest cavity with some fibrosis at the base of the lung. The X-rays demonstrate the child’s remarkable recovery in just 12 days.
The child continued to improve and was discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home. The intercostals drain was removed 6 days after discharge from hospital. The child is now very healthy and is not in need of any medical intervention.