Last month police arrested Amber Hampshire after she failed to treat her daughter’s diabetes and she died. Emily Hampshire died from ketoacidosis in early November. Search warrant documents obtained by The Telegraph in Alton, Illinois provide new details about Amber Hampshire’s neglect of her daughter. Not only did Amber fail to ever treat her daughter’s diabetes, but she also used a chiropractor for Emily’s medical needs.
According to The Telegraph, Amber Hampshire may have never obtained the insulin her daughter needed to survive. In a search warrant filed in Madison County, the state attorney requested medical insurance records. The state attorney is attempting to determine if Amber Hampshire ever made any claims to treat her daughter’s diabetes.
In the Affidavit obtained by The Telegraph, the state attorney outlines that Amber Hampshire has a history of lying regarding her daughter’s illness.
Medical records from Emily’s hospital admission indicate that Amber lied to doctors about her condition. While Emily sat gravely ill at the hospital, Amber denied that Emily ever received a diabetes diagnosis. When doctors asked for medical records from other hospitals, Amber refused to sign release forms.
Despite Amber’s attempts to block the doctors from learning about Emily’s diabetes, the doctors obtained Emily’s records. Records provided from hospitalization in February 2018 proved that doctors diagnosed Emily with Type 1 diabetes.
In February 2018, Doctors prescribed insulin for Emily. However, investigators allege there is no evidence that Amber ever filled the prescription. When police searched Amber’s home, they found a glucose meter, insulin delivery devices, and Glucagon emergency injection. However, there was no insulin found in the house.
Additionally, Amber lied to her daughter’s school in February 2018 about Emily’s diagnosis. When the school received a medical plan from doctors, Amber told administrators that the diagnosis was incorrect. She asked the school to disregard the letter from the doctors.
Perhaps most interesting in the search warrant affidavit relates to Emily’s medical treatment. The State Attorney says that Emily didn’t have a primary physician leading up to her November death. Instead, Emily’s only “medical” provider was an unknown chiropractor.
Since Amber’s arrest in December, numerous questions have arisen about how Amber managed Emily’s diabetes for five years. Many people have speculated that Amber may have used alternative medicine to manage Emily’s diabetes.
Chiropractors are not licensed to treat diabetes. However, many rogue providers offer treatment for diabetes. A chiropractor we found suggested that spinal adjustments can improve organ and hormone function. The provider also suggests their method can eliminate the patient’s use for medication.
If Amber used a chiropractor instead of a doctor, questions would emerge on the guilt of the chiropractor. Chiropractors are not licensed to practice medicine. However, for years, chiropractors have greatly expanded their scope of practice beyond spinal adjustments.
In fact, many chiropractors around the country market themselves as “hormone and endocrine” specialists. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, chiropractors began promoting these therapies because spinal adjustments aren’t profitable. Due to the lack of profitability, chiropractors now pose as experts in numerous medical specialties to increase their profit margins.
Because type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, patients require insulin to survive. Chiropractors can not prescribe insulin or any medications to manage diabetes. Therefore, anything sold by a chiropractor as treatment is nothing more than snake-oil.Whether or not the State Attorney will pursue the chiropractor that treated Emily is still unknown. Also, an unknown is if Amber disclosed Emily’s diabetes to the chiropractor. However, the fact that Emily only saw a chiropractor for her medical care suggests Amber used alternative medicine to care for Emily.
The state attorney made a note of this in the search warrant affidavit by saying,
“Cardinal Glennon Hospital social worker Mirian Hartung documented in the medical record on Nov. 3 that hospital staff believed that medical neglect may have played a part in the death of Emily, and if Emily had been seen by a physician regularly since her diabetes diagnose, this illness, referring to the cause of death, may have a very different outcome.”
On January 10, Amber pled not guilty to the charges of involuntary manslaughter. Amber is currently out of jail after posting $100,000 bail. If convicted on the charges of manslaughter and child endangerment, she faces up to 24 years in prison.
*Katie Joy is a blogger and freelance writer. Her work is featured on Upworthy, Huffington Post, Yahoo Parents, Mamamia, Daily Beast, Cafe Stir, Newsweek, Jezebel, and The Daily Mail. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
She co-hosts the YouTube show, “The Smoking Nun,” with Kyle Curtis. The show airs weekly and tackles pseudoscience, current events, and crime stories.
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