Federation of State Medical Boards, Help Needed for Brady Folkens' Family

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Please help Brady's family. "Seventeen-year old Brady Folkens died while incarcerated at the STAR Academy juvenile detention center in Custer, South Dakota, on December 21, 2013. His offense: smoking marijuana and playing hooky from school."

Brady’s  autopsy  at  Avera  McKennan  Hospital  blamed  his  death  on  acute   lymphocytic  myocarditis  from  a  parvovirus  B19  infection.    But  the  following   laboratory  tests  prove  he  did  not  have  an  acute  infection  from  this  virus:

  •   • IgM  for  parvovirus  B19  was  negative.  
  • • Immunoperoxidase  stain  for  this  virus  was  negative.  
  • • The  specific  cellular  damage  caused  by  this  virus  was  not  seen  by  microscopic   examination. 

All  these  tests  were  ignored  in  Brady’s  autopsy  report.    In  fact,  Brady Folkens  had  no   laboratory  blood  or  tissue  tests  positive  for  the  presence  of parvovirus  B19. 

We  believe  Brady  Folkens  died  from  a  reaction  to  Minocycline,  an acne medication   prescribed  to  him  and  to  which  he  was  allergic.   We  ask the  FSMB  to  persuade  the  South  Dakota  Board  of  Medical  and  Osteopathic   Examiners  (SDBMOE)  to  reconsider  their  validation  of  Brady  Folkens’  autopsy  diagnosis  in  order  that  his  Death  Certificate  reflects  a  medically-­‐valid  cause  of  death.  Thank you for helping this family!



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