by Mike Keating on Thursday, 9th of October 2014
In 2001, 18-month-old Josie King climbed into a hot bath and suffered burns that landed her in Johns Hopkins PICU. Two days before being released from the hospital, Josie died from dehydration and medical error.
She died despite the fact that her mother raised her concerns with hospital staff about Josie being denied liquids and being administered narcotics as she watched her daughter deteriorate.
Her mother Sorrel King has written a book entitled Josie's Story: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe, which she hopes will inspire medical professionals to do better and inform parents of their rights.
It seems to be so wrong that this could happen. And yet people die regularly from dehydration in hospitals. A 22 year English old man was so desperate that he rang the Police from his hospital phone. When the police came, the staff sent them away saying the man was simply coming ‘off the booze’ and was not in his right mind. He later died of thirst.
Thirst is a natural alarm for our need for water. We die without water. While we can go without many other things, we cannot go without water for very long at all.
The Bible speaks of another thirst. There is a spiritual thirst in all of us that calls out to be satisfied by God.
I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah (Psa 143:6 NKJ)
God complains to His people through the prophet Jermiah that they try to satisfy their thirst by drinking from muddy pools rather than from the living fountain.
"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns-- broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jer 2:13 NKJ)
Many year ago, my step-father decided it would be great fun to go fishing with his mates. He was a big drinker and so all he and his mates took with them to Lancelin for their weekend away was beer! What they did not realize is that beer will actually make your thirsty. The more they drank, the thirstier they become. Out on a boat, miles from anywhere, they almost died because they could not satisfy their thirst despite being surrounded by salt water and having beer in excess.
Jesus promised us living water that this water will truly satisfy.
Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14 NKJ)
- Ps Mike