SANTA FE (KRQE) – A mother claims her son was bullied so bad, he now has brain damage. It happened at a Santa Fe summer program, and she claims the city and staff didn’t do enough to protect her 5-year-old.
The lawsuit outlines injuries that the mother in this case says became progressively worse. She claims it all started when her son was pushed off of a slide in 2012.
The Rio Rancho mom claims an 8-year-old forever changed the life of her young son on a playground in Santa Fe. The lawsuit is filed against the City of Santa Fe, the city-run Monica Roybal Youth Center, and Christus St. Vincent hospital.
The woman said a bully pushed her 5-year-old son off a slide at the youth center. She said he lost consciousness, and was placed on a bench where he “fell asleep.”
When the boy’s grandmother picked him up for the day, the lawsuit claims “she was told he was sleepy and wanted to take a nap,” and no mention was made of the fall.
When his mom noticed a bump on his head, she said she took him to the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. She claims they diagnosed a concussion, sent her home, and told her to give her son over-the-counter pain relievers.
But things got worse. The 5-year-old had a seizure, and was eventually air-lifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he had two surgeries to remove large amounts of fluid in his head.
The boy’s mom said her son lost the ability to speak and lost sight in one eye. According to the lawsuit, “his demeanor and personality have suffered marked changes for the worse.”
The boy’s mom claims the city was negligent, and failed to protect her child from a known bully, a kid she said intentionally broke her son’s glasses a week before the incident.
The lawsuit also names the alleged bully’s parents for their son’s actions.
The City of Santa Fe has not been served yet with the lawsuit, and officials told News 13 Tuesday, they cannot comment.
Christus St. Vincent sent KRQE News 13 a statement saying, “We are saddened that this young child was injured during what should have been a fun summer experience. Our hearts go out to the child and his family during his recuperative time.”
“In this case, the NM Medical Review Commission affirmed by a vote of 4-2 that there was no evidence of professional negligence on the part of the hospital,” to include the boy’s doctor, the statement said.
The boy’s mother said her son hasn’t been able to attend school regularly and is still undergoing medical treatment. Her attorney told News 13 she’s not in a position to comment on the case yet.