New Waterford woman denies tampering with photo

Sharon Montgomery-Dupe
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Medical report confirms 'bug bite' at time photo was taken

NEW WATERFORD — A New Waterford woman is denying Facebook allegations that she doctored a photo of her son in order to gain medical attention.

Kayla Lambert

In defending herself, Kayla Lambert says she is being harassed online by a few individuals.

"My mother was up all night trying to keep up with the things being posted on Facebook as she wanted to defend me," Lambert said. "They are saying Noah's not sick and has never been sick."

Lambert said they have contacted the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.

"Yesterday (Thursday) was the day I actually fell apart."

Lambert said several pictures of her three-year old son Noah are circulating on Facebook, one showing Noah when he was a year old, with a bull's eye type mark on his forehead, a mark doctors have described as associated with Lyme disease.  In a second identical photo, the boy does not have the mark on his forehead.

She  denies "doctoring" her photo of her son by adding the mark.  

She believes the second picture of Noah without the mark was tampered with just to harass her.

"I believe that and so does everyone else," she said. "I don't know if they fixed the lighting and edited (the mark) out —I don't know."

Lambert is a professional photographer but says she gave it up over a year ago to look after her son.

She said when Noah was only a year old he received a bug bite that left the bull's eye type mark on his forehead.

Lambert provided the Cape Breton Post with medical records from a New Waterford Hospital visit from March 7, 2012, the time of the bug bite. The report by Dr. A. Atiyah described the boy as having a fever. The report went on to say: "He has also developed a distinctive bite believed to have been from a spider bite. He did form a rash around the bite area related to an allergic reaction of some sort."

Lambert recently went public with a call for medial attention for her son who has been bleeding from the ears, suffering extreme pain in his legs and head and is developing a rash all over his body. She said Nova Scotia doctors have been unable to diagnose her son. She recently connected with a retired British Columbia doctor, Dr. Ernie Murakami, who feels her son has  Lyme disease and connected her with a Lyme disease specialist in the United States, Dr. Maureen McShane, who has booked an appointment for Noah at the Jemsek Specialty Clinic in Washington, D.C..

Desiree Vassallo, spokesperson for the CBRPS, could not comment on whether or not a complaint regarding the photo allegations had been made to police.

"It's not our practice to comment on an individual being investigated. We would confirm someone's name if and when someone is criminally charged."

smontgomery@cbpost.com

Organizations: Cape Breton Regional Police Service, Cape Breton Post, New Waterford Hospital Jemsek Specialty Clinic

Geographic location: New Waterford, Nova Scotia, British Columbia United States Washington, D.C.

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  • john j
    March 08, 2014 - 20:07

    Really, seriously, honestly when someone's child is sick how dare anyone try and interfere with his well being. This is a disgrace to cape breton . Leave the young family alone it's non of your business.

  • john j
    March 08, 2014 - 20:06

    Really, seriously, honestly when someone's child is sick how dare anyone try and interfere with his well being. This is a disgrace to cape breton . Leave the young family alone it's non of your business.

  • eryn
    March 08, 2014 - 16:03

    This is actual disturbing people should grow up and get a life . This lil guy is sick and needs medical attention shame on the person or person's saying such things about the poor lil guy.. feel better soon noah prayer sent your way lil guy and I hope u feel better really soon :) god bless

  • eryn
    March 08, 2014 - 16:02

    This is actual disturbing people should grow up and get a life . This lil guy is sick and needs medical attention shame on the person or person's saying such things about the poor lil guy.. feel better soon noah prayer sent your way lil guy and I hope u feel better really soon :) god bless

  • Connie
    March 08, 2014 - 11:32

    God bless little man i hope he get better soon . Hugs to the family . Shame on the people that causing trouble for the family . Prayers and thoughts

  • Marie
    March 08, 2014 - 10:43

    Doctor Ben Boucher MD has been treating patients with lymes disease for a few years. He was practicing in Port Hawkesbury, but has since relocated to Halifax. I believe he is working at a walk in clinic. Patients came from all over the country to get treatments by him as no one else was doing this. He is worth talking too as he is well knowledgeable in this subject. All the best

  • new wateford
    March 08, 2014 - 09:41

    There is a law about online bullying! It is very hard to believe that people would be jealous of this family, but that is how some people are and its a sad reflection of our society. Common sense that this little boy needs to see a doctor and I thought that everyone knew Nova Scotia doctors will not recognize lyme disease. This trip will save Noah's life but it will cost money that this family does not have, so what is the problem with the fundraising?? If he could be treated in Cape Breton that would be a different story and fundraising wouldn't be needed BUT he can't!! To these people that are causing trouble for a family that is under enough stress SHAME ON YOU because you never know what will happen to your family tomorrow.There but for the grace of GOD. (if these morons even know what that means) Ignore the bullies and help your little boy get well

    • glace bay
      March 08, 2014 - 16:31

      there are also laws about fraud.

  • Unreal
    March 08, 2014 - 08:20

    Jealousy....plain and simple......wonder what part of our fair isle these people were from......hmmm

  • Razzy
    March 08, 2014 - 00:23

    I can't believe the comments that were made on this article on facebook. Some people are warped.....UNREAL!! Sending prayers and good vibes to this little boy!!

  • Helena
    March 07, 2014 - 22:40

    How cruel. This little boy needs medical attention and these people can't see their way clear to just mind their own business and let nature take it's course? We donated, the bullies probably did not and in some twisted way are jealous of the attention. For heaven's sake grow up, and let this boy get the help he needs and deserves.

  • Patricia
    March 07, 2014 - 22:06

    Who cares what People think if he was my son I would do whatever I can for help . We all know , if you are from the Cape and a no one , you have to fight for yourself . I do not believe that this woman did this, but if I am wrong I still stand by her for trying to get help for her baby

  • Fmac
    March 07, 2014 - 21:37

    I watched a show on W5 a while back. You were very smart to get a photo of the bite. Many of the people that were sick did not know that it was Lyme disease. One of the reasons for this was that the test used widely in Canada is not the same as the test used in the united Stares, therefore they were testing negative for the disease. There was a doctor in Ontario that started to use the one from the US. This disease effects people in different ways according the the report which also makes it difficult to diagnose. As for the the people that choose to be idiots regarding your picture, they obviously have issues. They do not deserve any attention. Bottom line--people are crazy. Focus on your son and getting him better. You have obviously been through a lot so far so do not waste your energy on those fools. I will be watching for the fundraising and supporting your cause and will encourage others to do so as well. Good luck with your little boy. I hope,the doctor,has,the answers,you need. I just wish you didn't have to go so far to get them!