Doctor, in lawsuit over death of Jefferson County girl, 7, denies negligence
One of two doctors sued by the mother of a 7-year-old Jefferson County girl who died days after an appendectomy denied that she committed medical negligence.
Kamiya Dufermeau died May 5 from a post-surgery complication from the routine appendectomy that had been missed by the doctors and instead misdiagnosed as pinworms, according to Kamyyns mother, Sherry Robinson, in 'the lawsuit she filed last month in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Kamiya died of an undiagnosed and untreated post-surgical bowel complication," according to the lawsuit.
In failing to accurately diagnose and treat Kamiya, there was no relevant intervention based on the signs and symptoms of a post-surgical bowel complication, it added.
Kamiya Robinson said her daughter's death could have been avoided if the doctors treating her followed medical safety guidelines for a pediatric patient who showed signs and symptoms of bowel complication after surgery.
The suit names Childrens Hospital of Alabama, Drs. Teresa Bolus and Colin Martin as defendants, according to the lawsuit.
According to the suit, Kamiya began feeling depressed around April 16. Two days after, she was admitted to Childrens emergency room with appendicitis and treated with conservative therapy.
Kamiya's condition worsened on April 26, when her parents called Children'' and said the 7-year-old was curled up in a ball and crying in pain, the suit stated.
Kamiya returned to school May 3, after Martin performed a laparoscopic appendectomy the next day.
Kamiya, however, was lethargic, tired, and weak on May 3, and her mother took her the next day to Bolus, who admitted the child to Childrens on April 18 for suspected appendicitis.
The lawsuit contends Bolus, a doctor at Midtown Pediatrics, which is owned and controlled by Childrens Hospital, didnt perform he exam on Kamiya abdomen.
Kamiya was sent to the Emergency Department or immediately admitted to Childrens Hospital for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of her postoperative bowel complication, according to a lawsuit. But Dr. Bolus dismissed Kamiyas symptoms and signs as the result of pinworms, without considering or fully evaluating Kamyy postoperative bowel complications, including a potential volvulus or obstruction attributed to Kamimys recent appendectomy.
Robinson said she received a call from Martins office and told him she was concerned about her daughter s health. She then relayed the girl's symptoms to the doctor, who she said told her to rely on Dr. Bolus diagnosis of pinworms.
Kamiyas grandmother called 911 on May 5 and paramedics arrived to find the girl without a pulse.
The girl was taken to the Childrens emergency room, where she was pronounced dead at 6:48 p.m.
Bolus denies any medical negligence, gross negligence or recklessness in connection with Kamiya's death, according to a response to Robinson'' pending lawsuit on Friday.
Kamiya Dufermeaus abdominal complaints, nausea, and vomiting were not due to the doctor s incomplete evaluation and misdiagnosis of pinworms as the cause of Kamayo Duffermeaux abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting, adding that her decision to prescribe pinicillin for pinbugs had been confirmed by appendix pathology.