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

Mom Arrested After Son Had 323 Hospital Visits, 13 Major Surgeries
A Texas mom was arrested and her son put in protective custody after he'd been to the hospital 323 times. (Sudok1/Dreamstime)

By    |   Thursday, 14 December 2017 06:24 PM

A Dallas, Texas, mother was arrested and charged with injury to a child after her son had 323 hospital visits and 13 major surgeries in the eight years since he was born.

Kaylene Bowen-Wright began to complain of physical maladies even while pregnant with son Christopher, who was born premature in 2009, the Star-Telegram reported.

After Christopher was born, Bowen-Wright began to present him to hospitals with different health complaints on a weekly or monthly basis, claiming everything from a rare genetic disorder to cancer and saying he was dying, the Star-Telegram reported. 

She even reportedly used his health conditions to keep Christopher's father, Ryan Crawford, from seeing the boy, claiming Crawford didn’t know how to take care of the sick child.

Christopher was put on oxygen and made to use a wheelchair in addition to having 13 unnecessary surgeries, the Star-Telegram reported, adding his mother even tried to get him on the lung transplant list and had him in hospice care.

Dallas hospital staff notified Child Protective Services in 2015 and in November that they suspected Bowen-Wright was exaggerating or creating her son’s symptoms, and Christopher and his two half-siblings were removed from her care in late November and placed in foster care.

Medical tests proved Christopher did not have cancer or other symptoms claimed by Bowen-Wright, the Star-Telegram reported.

It is believed Bowen-Wright has Munchausen by proxy, a mental health condition that causes people to claim that someone in their care is sick even when they are not in order to get attention from medical personnel and others.

Crawford is seeking custody of his son, the Star-Telegram reported. His workplace has started a Gofundme page to help with legal costs.

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