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11News Investigates: Caylee's Story

These are photos of Caylee Cornelia Hall in good times. By all accounts she was a happy, healthy baby always smiling, laughing and playing.

And these are the last pictures her mother, Timika Hall has of her 16-month-old daughter.

Caylee died Wednesday, August 22nd at Evans Army Community Hospital on Fort Carson. What happened in the hours before will haunt her mother forever.

Timika says, "People want to tell me... remember the good times. But the way my daughter passed away all I can see is that night and that hospital."

That trip to the hospital was Caylee's second in just 24 hours. Her father had taken her earlier that moring and they were sent home with nausea medication. This time her parents were even more concerned.

Records show the family checked in just after midnight and Caylee was seen by a nurse at 12:06 a.m.

Timika says she and her husband told the nurse very clearly about Caylee's symptoms and their concerns.

Some are noted in hospital records. She hadn't wet a diaper in 10 hours, she was dehydrated, vomiting, lethargic, and now her temperature was dropping.

Timika says, "She touched Caylee and she saw that caylee was cold and she even referenced to Caylee's body temperature being cold."

Timika hoped Caylee would see a doctor right away, but she says they sat in the waiting room for more than half an hour.

Charts show around 12:45 a.m. they were put in a room and another nurse came in.

Timika says that nurse never examined Caylee... just asked again about her symptoms and told them a doctor would be in shortly.

Timika says they were still waiting when Caylee passed out around 1:00 a.m.

Timika says she ran to the nurses station, yelling that Caylee had passed out.

Here's where her story and hospital records don't match up.

This note says a nurse went into Caylee's room at 1 a.m. and woke her up easily.

But Timika insists no one came. She says she ran to the nurses station again more insistent this time, begging for help.

Timika says, "They should have seen the panic in my face, they should have seen it was urgent."

At 1:20 a.m. Timika says a doctor finally came into the room, realized how bad it was and then jumped into action.

Medical teams tried to resusitate Caylee for an hour, but it was too late.

She was pronounced dead at 2:19 a.m.

Timika says, "If you had tried I could have lived with that, but you didn't. You did nothing."

Linda Henn tells us, "I feel bad for the family."

We spoke to an expert and asked her to review all of Caylee's records.
Linda Henn recently retired after more than 35 years as a nurse, including 20 at Memorial Hospital in its neo natal and pediatric surgery units.

Linda says, "I will say it a million times that parents are the expert on their children. You need to listen to that parent because they're actually going to be able to give you a better picture of that child."

Linda believes Caylee's age, symptoms, and vital signs and especially her parents' concerns were all red flags that she needed to be seen by a doctor right away.

Linda explains, "This child at least needs to have some blood work, at least needs to have an IV and get some fluids in... and that was not done. That is a big problem. That is a big issue."

Linda also points out that information normally recorded on a patient's charts was missing like a blood pressure check. And although an IV-prep was circled, no one initialed that line or recorded a time for it, making her question if it was even ordered before Caylee passed out.

Timika says it wasn't. It's one of a number of items she says were either misrecorded or written in after the fact.

She's filed this formal request with the Army to set the record straight.

Timika says, "There's definitely something that they're covering up. And they're covering up the fact that they did absolutely nothing. I don't want another parent to be in my shoes."

The autopsy shows Caylee died of something called acute lymphocytic myocarditis.
It's a rare heart problem that can strike quickly, often when the patient has a simple virus.

I reached out to a heart specialist who told me we'll never know for sure if Caylee would have lived, but he agreed that she should have been seen right away.

Timika believes if she had been seen right away, she would have had a fighting chance.

Timika also says the emergency room wasn't busy that night. I tried asking the hospital about that and so far those in charge at the hospital won't answer any of my questions about Caylee's death.

Timika has set up a special facebook page with a petition. The goal is to increase the amount of training for military medical hospital staffers. To see, "Justice 4 Caylee" click on the link below.


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