The mother of a 9-year-old girl who died after a routine tonsillectomy feared the procedure would go awry, The Detroit News reported.
Sonia Gambrell’s daughter, Anyialah Greer, died just three hours after leaving Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she underwent surgery for sleep apnea on Dec. 8.
Gambrell’s attorney, james harrington iv, plans to sue the hospital, alleging that the specialist who performed Greer’s surgery, Dr. Bianca Siegel, discharged the girl prematurely.
“Under federal law, you can’t discharge people unless they’re in stable condition. I don’t know how she could be considered stable when she died just hours after discharge,” Harrington said.
The family is still trying to understand how a low-risk surgery could have resulted in the girl’s untimely death from cardiac arrest.
“I still feel like I’m dreaming. Like, ‘Where is my daughter?’ Someone is going to come up and tell me it’s all over. That this was a mistake. She can’t die from something they do every day,” Gambrell said.
Medical reports indicate that Greer might have had an obstructed airway, a reaction to anesthesia or heart condition, The Detroit News reported.
Results from an autopsy are still pending.
Tonsillectomies are the third most common childhood surgery, second only to circumcision and ear tubes, according to Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, distinguished professor and chairman of otolaryngology at the State University of new york downstate medical center in Brooklyn. Risks include hemorrhaging and reactions to anesthesia. Death is a rare outcome.
Gambrell, who has six other children, described her daughter as her “right hand.”
“She was always helping her brothers and sisters, like she was a boss of them.” she said.
Gambrell said Greer was “groggy” following the surgery that lasted more than two hours.
After leaving the hospital with her daughter, Gambrell attempted to fill a prescription for oxycodone. More than one pharmacy denied her request due to government regulations on narcotic supplies.
When Gambrell glanced at her daughter, seated in the back of her car, she noticed she was unresponsive.
“She didn’t do nothing. I touched her chest and she fell forward. Her skin was cold.”
With News Wire Services