Routine tonsillectomy proves fatal for Detroit girl
A 9-year-old Detroit girl who had her tonsils removed died just three hours after leaving the hospital, the girl’s mother confirmed.
As autopsy reports are still incomplete and hospital authorities haven’t provided details, Sonia Gambrell, the victim’s mother, is still struggling to get answers about the death of her daughter.
The girl, Anyialah Greer, died on 8th of December just three hours after being released from Children’s Hospital in Troy, which is owned by Detroit Medical Center.
While autopsy report is yet to come, some medical reports reviewed by media channels suggest that the girl could have had an obstructed airway, a complication resulted form anesthesia or an unidentified heart condition.
Alleging that Dr. Bianca Siegel, who performed the surgery, should not have discharged her daughter from the hospital because her health was not stable; Gambrell has warned that she would sue the doctor and the hospital in connection with her daughter’s death.
James J. Harrington IV, an attorney hired by Gambrell, said, “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.”
Detroit Medical Center officials expressed “deep” grief over Anyialah’s death, but they declined to comment on any specific questions about the girl’s care.
Gambrell is preparing to sue the Detroit Medical Center, and has hired attorney James J. Harrington IV. She also alleges that Dr. Bianca Siegel, who performed the surgery at Children's Hospital in Troy, shouldn't have discharged Anyialah because her health was unstable.
"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.
Detroit Medical Center, which owns the hospital, declined to comment on any specific questions about Anyialah's care. Officials said they are "deeply saddened" by the girl's death. Siegel didn't respond to the newspaper's requests for comment.
Tonsillectomies are the third most common childhood surgery behind circumcision and ear tubes and are overwhelmingly safe, said Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, distinguished professor and chairman of otolaryngology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Gambrell alleges the ear, nose and throat specialist who performed the surgery, Dr. Bianca Siegel, wrongfully discharged her daughter because she was not in stable condition post-surgery.