Mom Arrested After Son Has 323 Hospital Visits, 13 Major Surgeries

DALLAS -- A Texas woman was arrested after allegedly taking her healthy son to the hospital 323 times and making him undergo 13 major surgeries over the last eight years, according to The Star-Telegram.

Kaylene Bowen was arrested on Dec. 6 and charged with injury to a child. The 34-year-old woman claimed her 8-year-old son Christopher was dying from a rare genetic disorder and was in need of a transplant due to lung cancer, according to CBS DFW.

Christopher's father, Ryan Crawford, said he tried to convince family court judges that his son was not sick, but they sided with Bowen.

The 8-year-old had been placed full-time on oxygen and sometimes used a wheelchair. He was also fitted with a feeding tube, which led to life-threatening blood infections.

The Dallas hospital staff eventually determined Christopher did not have cancer or several of the alleged symptoms, and officials removed Christopher and his two half-siblings from Bowen's care last month.

“It’s horrible for my son, or any kid because obviously, my son is not the only one that has had to go through this type of torture,” Crawford said. “The system has to be exposed -- all the weaknesses that are in the system -- because the kids don’t deserve that.”

According to the report, it is believed that Bowen has Munchausen by proxy, which is a complex in which a person repeatedly exaggerates medical symptoms to get attention.

Bowen is behind bars on a $150,000 secured bond. Her attorney, public defender Christi Bustos, has not publicly commented on the case, according to the Associated Press.

16 comments

    • Leopold

      That is an excellent question. I’m sure there will be a medical investigation as well, but that may take time as we will be waiting for expert testimony.

  • bobbobwhite

    How did that woman “convince” doctors that her son needed 13 surgeries? Aren’t doctors supposed to be the ones with the training and authority needed to make those decisions? You know, medical decisions like surgery.
    All I can see is that money had to play a big part in all those surgeries….. government money, That’s YOUR money, folks. An obvious complicit oondoggle through and through.

    • El-Ma

      Doctors are not mind readers, nor can they intuit whatever is wrong with their patients. If the parent of a young minor child brings that child into the emergency room saying that the child was vomiting (ipecac syrup) and experiencing diarrhea (magnesium sulfate), and there was no “known” cause (i.e., food poisoning, allergic reaction, flu, etc.) that was evident, doctors have to rely upon the words of the parent(s) or caregivers.

      It is quite possible that this woman took her child all over the State to different emergency rooms under different health systems. Like in PA, if you go to an ER in one part of the State, the health care system that serves that region will have all of your patient information on file. If, however, you are in a different part of the State and enter the ER, they will NOT have any patient information on file unless you’ve been in that health care system. It’s all about HIPPA Laws and abuse. The doctors should be investigated, absolutely, but the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the bat-sh*t-crazy mother.

    • El-Ma

      What kids endure at the hands of people is beyond my capacity to understand. Munchausen By Proxy is one of the worst because the parent or caregiver literally takes the child to the brink of death so that they can rush to the hospital, appear so concerned and caring, be congratulated and supported for their incredible bravery and stamina, and it’s all for attention. The child is just the vehicle and holds no more importance than a coffee cup that can be replaced. That kid is never going to be right from what he experienced.

  • Smiling flash

    Easy to blame the doctors, when the mom lies about her son’s health, lies about his symptoms, mom probably gave kid low grade poison to make him sick, etc. but the first reaction is let’s string up the doctors. How would you like it if you told doctors about your kid’s medical symptoms and history, and they did not believe you?

    • Jn570

      I call b.s. how did the Drs not test the child I had a family member that was diagnosed with cancer and had to fight to get the surgery either this story is bs or the Drs need to go back to schook

  • Mary K

    This story is sick and makes no sense, was Bowen a doctor ?
    The Quacks that did this should have to pay the bills!!

    • really real

      Lloyd, hate to say it but I actually agree with you on this one. Hard to imagine how the docs went along with this. Fear of lawsuits is probably a factor…

    • warningfakenews

      Exactly right, Lloyd. Unless mom CAUSED those surgeries to be needed, they need to be put away as well.

      • El-Ma

        These days, parents can insist upon surgeries when a doctor says, “It *could* be _____ or _____ and we haven’t seen any imagery or ultrasound results that would either support or refute that. The next step is surgery.”

        The mother “caused” the surgeries, to be sure, but the doctors need to be held accountable and the health care systems need to collate patient information so that someone like this can’t go from one health care system to another with such ease.

        Crazy, crazy people out there……

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