Doctor sued in death of Jefferson County girl, 7, denies negligence

Sadye Matula

One particular of two medical professionals sued by the mom of a 7-year-outdated Jefferson County female who died times soon after an appendectomy denied that she dedicated clinical negligence. Kamiya Dufermeau died May perhaps 5 of a write-up-surgical procedures complication from the regimen appendectomy that experienced been skipped by the […]

One particular of two medical professionals sued by the mom of a 7-year-outdated Jefferson County female who died times soon after an appendectomy denied that she dedicated clinical negligence.

Kamiya Dufermeau died May perhaps 5 of a write-up-surgical procedures complication from the regimen appendectomy that experienced been skipped by the medical practitioners and as an alternative misdiagnosed as pinworms, Kamiya’s mother, Sherry Robinson, claimed in the lawsuit she filed past thirty day period in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

An autopsy of the lady executed by the Jefferson County coroner’s business office observed Kamiya died from an “undiagnosed and untreated put up-surgical bowel complication,” the suit mentioned.

“In failing to correctly diagnose and address Kamiya, there was no meaningful intervention primarily based on the symptoms and signs and symptoms of a post-surgical bowel complication,” it ongoing.

Robinson mentioned her daughter’s dying “was avoidable” if the medical doctors who taken care of Kamiya adopted medical protection principles for a pediatric client who confirmed signals and signs or symptoms of a bowel complication soon after surgical procedure.

The lawsuit names Children’s Healthcare facility of Alabama and Drs. Teresa Bolus and Colin Martin as defendants.

Kamiya commenced emotion unwell around April 16, in accordance to the fit. She was taken to the unexpected emergency place at Children’s two times afterwards, where she was identified with appendicitis and taken care of with “conservative remedy.”

Her ailment worsened on April 26, when Kamiya’s mothers and fathers named Children’s and explained the 7-12 months-outdated girl was “curled up in a ball and crying in suffering,” the go well with said.

The future day, Martin performed a laparoscopic appendectomy on Kamiya, and she went back to school Could 3.

But on the night time of May 3, Kamiya was lethargic, worn out and weak, and her mom took her the up coming working day to Bolus, who referred the girl to the crisis room at Children’s on April 18 for suspected appendicitis.

The suit claimed Bolus, a doctor at Midtown Pediatrics, a facility owned and controlled by Children’s, did not execute a actual physical exam on Kamiya’s abdomen.

“The normal of care required Dr. Bolus to ship Kamiya to the Crisis Section or specifically confess her to Children’s for evaluation, diagnosis, and cure of her postsurgical bowel complication,” the accommodate stated. “But Dr. Bolus dismissed Kamiya’s indicators and signs as the consequence of pinworms devoid of looking at or entirely evaluating Kamiya’s postoperative bowel complication, together with a opportunity volvulus or bowel obstruction linked to Kamiya’s the latest appendectomy.”

Robinson claimed she gained a phone from Martin’s office environment and advised the physician she was involved about her daughter’s condition and relayed the girl’s indications to the doctor, who she said explained to her to “rely on Dr. Bolus’s diagnosis of pinworms.”

On May 5, Kamiya’s grandmother named 911 and paramedics arrived to find the lady without having a pulse.

The girl was taken to the Children’s unexpected emergency area, wherever she was pronounced lifeless at 6:48 p.m.

In a response to Robinson’s lawsuit filed on Friday, Bolus “denies that she dedicated any professional medical negligence, gross negligence, reckless or wantonness” in relationship with Kamiya’s loss of life.

The medical doctor also denied she “performed an ‘incomplete evaluation and misdiagnosis of pinworms as the bring about of Kamiya Dufermeau’s abdominal problems, nausea and vomiting,” adding that her decision to prescribe medication for pinworms “had been verified on appendix pathology.”

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