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Baby Rico Rushed to ER, Taken off Medication

Posted at: 05/10/2013 6:38 PM
By: Ellery McCardle

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The case of a Brownsdale baby born with HIV takes a an unexpected twist.  Grandparents of the baby say he was admitted to the hospital and taken off his treatment.  Those drugs have been at the center of a custody battle between the Nagels and mower county.

The family believes these drugs kill.  Earlier this week judge ruled Rico must stay on them and be supervised by the county.

Thursday night Rico got a severe rash, one that the Nagels were told is life-threatening. So, they took him to the St. Marys emergency room at Mayo Clinic. Then they say doctors ordered Rico to be taken off the treatment immediately.

Video of Rico shows his chest is red from that rash. Anti-retroviral treatment is a combination of prescription drugs. ABC 6 News was shown the warning label for the one thought to have caused Rico's rash.

 On the label it shows that a rash is a common side affect, and that the drug can cause a serious allergic reaction that could cause death. This is exactly the reason why the Nagels don't want Rico on these drugs, because they think they will eventually kill him.

However, this treatment is commonly given to HIV patients and is the recommended treatment by mayo clinic in this case.

The Nagels say Rico will stay off the drugs until his appointment on Tuesday, then its up to their doctor.

"It the doctors say he has to go back on drugs will you comply? He'll have to go back on the drugs we have to comply with mayo's standard," said Rico's grandfather Steve Nagel.

The Nagels say they are in the process of filing an appeal of the judge's order.

ABC 6 News called Mayo Clinic for comment but officials declined. We will keep you updated on this story.