On Thursday, opening remarks were heard in a Sarasota County courthouse in a case that was included in the Netflix documentary “Take Care of Maya.” The case centers around a kid in great pain, a mother’s death, charges of child abuse, and an unorthodox Ketamine therapy.
The Kowalskis have filed a $200 million lawsuit against Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, claiming that the hospital’s actions, along with those of the Department of Children and Families and the hospital, drove the mother of a 9-year-old girl to suicide.
Maya’s mother committed suicide on Thursday while she was being held at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for the duration of an investigation into a report of child abuse.
Maya Kowalski’s Trial, Settlement and Subsequent Developments
Media attention to Maya Kowalski’s real-life tale skyrocketed when the Netflix documentary Take Care of Maya was released. An in-depth account of Maya’s story can be seen on; the young girl began experiencing severe discomfort in the summer of 2015.
As the months progressed, the girl’s family and doctors struggled to make sense of her condition. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a rare neurological ailment that causes severe pain and heightened sensitivity, and Dr. Anthony Kirkpatrick was the first doctor to diagnose it in Maya.
Maya Kowalski’s CRPS necessitated regular usage of powerful painkillers. Her mother, a nurse, kept a close eye on her daughter’s health as the months passed. Maya’s health deteriorated in October 2016, prompting a trip to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. That’s where the incredible tale detailed in the Netflix doc begins.
The healthcare staff expressed doubts regarding the CRPS diagnosis and the prescribed medicine. Maya’s family was accused of Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP), a form of child abuse in which a parent exaggerates their child’s symptoms to garner more attention than is warranted, and the authorities were informed.
Check out the below tweet:
The ‘Take Care of Maya’ Trial begins with #OpeningStatements. The #Kowalski family is suing a Florida hospital for false reporting of child abuse when they took away the family’s 10-year-old daughter. The story inspired the #Netflix documentary, ‘Take Care of Maya.’ pic.twitter.com/LgVfOR5Czp
— Court TV (@CourtTV) September 21, 2023
In light of the incidents presented in shows like The Act, the Munchausen syndrome by proxy has gained notoriety in recent years. Because CRPS is so uncommon, clinicians are often suspicious that their patients (or their children) are misrepresenting the severity of their suffering.
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In October 2016, after hearing the doctor’s report, a judge made the decision to place Maya Kowalski in state care, thus severing her from her parents and prohibiting any contact between them. Maya’s mother, Beata, committed herself in January 2017 after being falsely accused of child abuse for three months. The ordeal had put an incredible strain on the family. Maya was discharged from the hospital after five days.
As of right now, we know that the trial will officially start in September of 2023. Maya Kowalski and her family were awarded $2.5 million in a settlement with the doctor who falsely accused Beata of child abuse in December 2021.
Take a look at below tweet:
Will Maya get more than 2.5 million for @AllChildrens murdering her mom… or nah?
Shoot, the head of the hospital probably makes at least that quarterly so it shouldn’t be too hard to get the Kowalski’s more.
— 🏴Kalashnikitty🏴 Circle that A (@DCHussar) September 18, 2023
While the final judgment in the case involving Maya Kowalski, her family, and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has yet to be determined, we will keep you up to date in this article with the latest developments in the case.
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