Update on Local Girls in Hospital Following Tonsillectomy Surgery
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Allie Yackel and Aasen May are still in the hospital following separate tonsillectomy procedures at Towanda Memorial Hospital, performed by the same doctor. Their surgeries were one week apart and both girls were diagnosed with brain stem bleeds after the surgery, leaving them unable to breath, or swallow on their own.
According to Attorney Christina Sonsire who is representing both families, these girls have been injured in a very significant way.
“They both underwent tracheotomies and right now they're both trying to get strong enough so that they can move most likely to in-patient rehabilitation centers. These are things that no parent ever imagined that they were going to be in this type of situation and I think all of this who are touching this matter are just taking it day by day,” said Sonsire.
Allie Yackel is currently still at Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse in pediatric critical care. According to recent Facebook update posted by her mom, Allie will receive a G.I tube through her stomach to feed her instead of the tube going through her nose so that she can be more mobile in the future.
Aasen is in the pediatric care unit at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. According to a Facebook update by her mom, she anticipates Aasen coming off the ventilator in the next few days.
“I'm really happy to say the team we put together between attorneys and various experts is really strong and this is a case where we want to find out what happened for the girls and even for their treatment. We certainly want to make sure this kind of thing never happens again,” said Sonsire.
Saturday there will be a benefit pancake breakfast for Allie Yackel at the East Hill Fire department on Jerusalem hill. On April 6, a benefit for Aasen will take place at First Baptist Church in West Danby from 12- 4 p.m.