A nine-year-old girl from Detroit died hours after having a tonsillectomy. Her family believes that the girl’s doctor discharged her prematurely from the hospital, and is now ready to sue the Detroit Medical Center, owner of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the place where the girl was operated.
Sonia Gambrell is making preparations to bury her nine-year-old daughter, Anyialah Greer, who died on the 8th of December, hours away after having surgery. The grieving woman believes that the doctors released her daughter much too soon, and were not aware of her condition.
For this reason, Gambrell, and her family have decided to open a malpractice suit against the Detroit Medical Center, the institution who owns the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the place where Anyialah Greer had her surgery.
In an interview, Gambrell told the reporters that her daughter was operated by Dr. Bianca Siegel, on the 8th of December. During the same day, hours after completing the routine 40 minutes-long surgical intervention, Dr. Siegel gave Anyialah a clean bill of health and discharged her from the hospital.
Upon taking her daughter at home, Gambrell observed that the girl was feeling unwell and called an ambulance. Unfortunately, the crew could not resuscitate the little girl.
From a statistical standpoint, doctors perform approximately 530,000 tonsillectomies each year, most of their patients being children. However, a tonsillectomy is not a risk-free surgery. The most cited death factors for this type of surgical intervention are post-operative bleeding, anesthesia complications, extreme hemorrhage during surgery, post-operative infections, and surgery complications.
James Harrington IV is a lawyer specialized in medical malpractice. Gambrell, the girl’s mother, recently solicited Harrington’s services to sue the Detroit Medical Center. Harrington believes that there is strong evidence that something went wrong during or after the surgery, and that little Anyialah did not die as a result of an unforeseen consequence.
In addition, the woman’s lawyer has begun to question the hospital’s staff professionalism. In an interview, Harrington said that the facts, in this case, don’t add up. He said that it seems quite suspicious how neither the anesthesiologist or the surgeon realized that the girl’s condition was not stable.
The lawyer concluded the interview by saying that he is furious and that he will do everything in his power to punish those responsible for the little girl’s death.
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