Family plans to sue after 9-year-old dies following routine tonsillectomy

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A Detroit family is demanding answers after their 9-year-old daughter died within an hour after a tonsillectomy— the third most common childhood procedure, with 530,000 operations performed per year.

The Detroit News reported that Sonia Gambrell plans to continue the Detroit Medical Center, is the owner of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where her daughter Anyialah Greer underwent surgery on Dec. 8 prior to suffering a cardiac arrest.

Although autopsy results are not expected for weeks, medical reports suggesting a blockage of the airway, an unnoticed heart condition, or anesthesia complications can have Greer on risks, the news website reported.

Gambrell asserts the ear, nose and throat specialist who performed the operation, Dr. Bianca Siegel, wrongly dismissed from her daughter, because they are not in a stable condition after surgery.

“Under federal law, you cannot discharge people unless they are in a stable condition. I don’t know how they can be considered as a stable when she died a few hours after the resignation from” James J. Harrington IV, a partner with Fieger Law, Southfield that specializes in medical malpractice, whom the family hired for representation, told the Detroit News. “What was the anesthetist do? What happened in the or? What did the nurses know? As far as I’m concerned, every person who looked at this child, to answer questions. I am furious about it.”

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Gambrell, meanwhile, told the news website that she wants she kissed her daughter before she went to the operating room for what was supposed to be a 40-minute procedure.

“I’ve still got the feeling that I’m dreaming,” she told the news website. “Like, ‘Where is my daughter?’ Someone will come and tell me it’s all over. That this was a mistake. They can’t die from something they do every day.”

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