Hospital Defends Claims Of Medical Abuse Made Against Mother Who Committed Suicide In “Take Care Of Maya” Trial

On Tuesday, a Florida jury heard closing arguments in a trial stemming from a $220 million civil lawsuit claiming that in 2017, the mother of a sick child committed suicide due to measures taken by hospital staff.

Hospital Defends Claims Of Medical Abuse Made Against Mother Who Committed Suicide In

The family of Maya Kowalski, the subject of the controversial documentary “Take Care of Maya,” claims that while Maya was receiving treatment for excruciating pain at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (JHAC) in 2016, hospital staff falsely accused Beata Kowalski, Maya’s mother, of medical child abuse and neglected to take Maya’s illness seriously.

After staff members accused Beata of “medical abuse,” a court order removed Maya from her parents’ custody in 2016. Beata committed suicide in January 2017.

“One of the most unfortunate parts of this case is the caption: Kowalskis v. All Children’s. We were never against the Kowalski family,” attorney Ethen Shapiro said in his closing statements Tuesday. “The reason why All Children’s did what it did, the reason why All Children’s tried to comfort Maya, the reason why All Children’s tried to get her on a safe medical path is because the loving and caring providers at my clients’ hospital believed in a better future for her if they could get her off the unnecessary drugs given at dangerous levels.”

During the Kowalskis’ final remarks, their attorney Greg Anderson stated that the family was not treated fairly while they were at JHAC.

“We’re talking about a child who’s trying to survive in a very bad place,” Anderson said. “Think about how life really works. Think about what it took for [the Kowalskis] to get here. Think about how important these ideas that they’re fighting for are.”

Maya suffers from complex regional pain syndrome, a rare and persistent neurological condition (CRPS).

According to the Cleveland Clinic, chronic pain syndrome (CPRS) is a poorly understood disorder that results in extreme pain throughout the body due to neural system failure.

When Maya was nine years old, Tampa-based pain specialist Dr. Anthony Kirkpatrick made the first diagnosis of CRPS and assisted her in receiving therapy, which included ketamine dosages to lessen her discomfort.

Nonetheless, during the trial, a number of witnesses—including medical staff at JHAC—adsisted that Beata was displaying symptoms of Munchausen by proxy and that Maya’s mother was the reason behind her alleged CRPS symptoms. Munchausen via proxy is a psychological disorder in which a violent parent or carer fabricates or induces a sickness for someone who is not genuinely ill under her car, frequently the parent’s own child.

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