Philly.com reports on a lawsuit that was filed following the death of a 12 year-old girl from an asthma attack. The lawsuit, filed by the girl’s estate, faults her West Philadelphia school for not having a nurse on duty and for not seeking emergency medical treatment for the girl despite her obvious distress.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court. Bryant Elementary School, the Philadelphia School District and several individuals are named as defendants in the case.
The girl was attending class at Bryant Elementary School when she started to have trouble breathing. The suit goes on to say that, even though school personnel knew the young girl suffered from asthma and could visibly see she was in distress, she was kept in school and no emergency care was sought. School officials remarked that personnel had made unsuccessful attempts to call the child’s home to have someone pick her up.
Following the afternoon dismissal from school, the girl was driven home by a school aide and was then reportedly taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia by her family. She suffered respiratory failure on the way to the hospital. She could not be revived.
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