Unfortunately, my daughter was born with sickle cell disease (SCD) and passed away on February 4, 2021, from pulmonary hypertension. She began dealing with persistent complications and excruciating pain at a very young age. Throughout elementary, middle, and finally high school, my daughter struggled with SCD. She ultimately received her high school diploma, intending to pursue a career as a child psychologist. She had a routine gynecological exam right before her senior graduation and was informed that additional testing was necessary because she might have had cancer. She began having bad dreams about the “simple” procedure. I made an effort to reassure her that it was really a simple surgery and that she should not be alarmed.
As I waited for my daughter, a nurse came to the waiting room to tell me they’d finished and that someone would come right back to tell me where to park so that I could get my daughter and take her home; that never happened. Instead, the doctor who’d performed the procedure, slowly walked over to me and said, “There was a problem. I think they had to do CPR on her for like three seconds. She’s going to have to go to the hospital because she’s having a problem breathing on her own. The ambulance is out back if you want to follow them.” I was devastated because my daughter had told me this would happen and I’d convinced her to go through with it.
When no one would tell me or the ER doctors what had actually happened, I retained a lawyer and sued the doctor and nurse. The doctor had (against bylaws) contracted with a company to rent a nurse to handle administration of anesthesia. My daughter had gone through the entire procedure with very little anesthesia due to a kink in the line, which was unkinked by the unqualified nurse, causing my daughter to die. She was resuscitated, but not before suffering a devastating anoxic brain injury that left her with severe memory loss; she was never the same.
Because my daughter was already disabled by SCD, all money awarded from the lawsuit was placed into a special needs Trust administered bt Secured Futures. Upon my daughter’s death, the remaining funds were to be distributed to her eight-year-old son and me. Secured Futures sold her house, stole money from and tried to divert remaining funds, from an annuity, to an unknown bank account. Subsequently, Secured Futures kept all remaining funds.
I contacted a forensic accountant who told me that I would also need an attorney. I’ve retained an attorney and have already paid more than I can afford; I’m a retired teacher living on a very, very small pension. Today, I’ve received a request from the forensic accountant for a $5000.00 retainer.
I am fighting for custody of my grandson, whose father had nothing to do with, while his mom was alive. I believe he thought my daughter’s trust would go to Karter. I’ve obtained temporary custody twice and have paid two lawyers because the first cheated me. I’ve taken care of my grandson since his mom’s death, with no financial assistance from his father. In May, he was ordered to pay child support, but hasn’t.
The father was given visitation and on September 11th, I got a frantic call from my grandson saying his father had slapped his face and his grandfather had “put me down on the floor and choked me.” His paternal grandmother, (before returning him to me) told him to “Change the script” and not tell me what really happened. My grandson showed me a text from her saying “Just remember, your mother loved your Pa Pa” (because the abuse was reported to DSS and he hasn’t returned there since). The grandfather also offered him an iPhone 14 Plus. He hasn’t been back to visit them and the grandmother (usually argumentative when he’s not allowed to visit) has made no protest.
I am trying to give my grandson the life my daughter wanted him to have, but I have nearly exhausted all my savings trying to pay legal fees to obtain custody and now to sue my daughter’s trust. I would be so thankful if I could receive funds to cover our legal fees. If I can’t pay the legal fees associated with the theft of my daughter’s trust funds by the Trust, all her suffering will have been in vain and they will have profited from the total devastation she experienced because of a negligent, greedy doctor who was found to have performed a procedure that didn’t require anesthesia; he only wanted to get as much as he could from Medicaid.
Because the lawyers are requesting large sums and this is only the beginning of the case, I am requesting 60,000.00, but am willing to return any unused funds.