Mother accused of subjecting healthy son to 13 surgeries, needless medical care

Mother accused of subjecting healthy son to 13 surgeries, needless medical care
Posted at 12:19 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 08:17:06-05

DALLAS (RNN) - A woman allegedly subjected her 8-year-old son to 323 hospital visits and 13 major surgeries.

Authorities said Christopher Bowen's mother confined him to wheelchair at various times, and at times, he was fed through a tube in his small intestine, WFAA reported.

Medical professionals said the only thing wrong with the boy is his mother.

Kaylene Bowen-Wright was arrested Wednesday and taken to the Dallas County Jail after a hospital visit late last month claiming her child suffered a massive seizure. He and her other children were taken away.

She has previously claimed the boy had cancer, had him placed in hospice care, said he suffered a rare degenerative disorder and tried to get him on the lung transplant list, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said.

Authorities said all of Bowen-Wright's claims were lies and believe the woman suffered from a mental illness - Munchasen by proxy, in which caregivers seek medical care for imaginary illnesses.

She even set up a account for Christopher.

The boy's father is angry that it took this long for authorities to figure it out.

"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 told the Star-Telegram. "The system has to be exposed — all the weaknesses that are in the system — because the kids don’t deserve that."

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