North Texas girl given wrong medicine at school

A North Texas family wants answers after a school official gave a little girl the wrong medicine.

Karmani Ford, 7, is diabetic, but she gets her shots before and after school -- not during.

It’s why she was confused and nervous when she saw the needle that she says a teacher injected her with.

“She got the medicine out of the black bag and took the top off, and the needle was a little long, and that's why I started crying, because I've never gotten medicine at the school before, and the needle was big,” said Ford.

Her mom later took a photo of the medicine Ford was injected with at Beltline Elementary School in Lancaster. It had a different student's name on it.

A little while after getting the shot, Ford was feeling bad.

“I was feeling shaky and sweaty,” she said. “Scared and sleepy…I got up and told my teacher."

Ford says the teacher took her blood sugar.

“It was 47, and she gave me peppermint and two cartons of juices and some crackers,” she said. “She told me to eat them really fast…she called the nurse and said that she gave me the wrong medicine. She seemed upset."

Ford’s grandparents were called and rushed to her school.

“They said, ‘Well, she just made a mistake,’” said Ford’s grandfather, Gregory Allen. “I said, ‘That's not just a mistake, that's neglect.’ We said, ‘Can you call a paramedic to check her out?’ And she said, ‘It's not necessary,’ and then she said it costs money."

Allen says the mistake could have caused Ford to go into a diabetic coma.

“It could have taken another turn, and I feel like they were trying to sweep it under the rug and not call paramedics,” said Allen.

Ford’s family is concerned that the school hasn't learned from the mistake because they still haven't been told how it happened, the district is only telling FOX 4 that, "Unfortunately, this incident occurred as a result of human error.”

Ford’s family is now looking for a new school.

“It could have been fatal if she had not spoke up,” said Allen.

That's exactly what FOX 4 asked the district, abd they will only tell us that they are reviewing their protocols.

FOX 4 also asked why a teacher was administering the medicine instead of a nurse, but the spokesperson would not answer that question and would only say that an internal investigation is underway.

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