A white mother is accused of faking her six-year-old black daughter’s illness and forcing the child to undergo more than 500 appointments and unnecessary surgery.
Sophie Hartman, 31, claimed the little girl was suffering from a rare neurological disease, Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, but doctors now say the child is perfectly healthy.
According to court documents, Hartman has taken her adopted daughter to appointments since she was about two years old, and subjected her to what doctors called an “unnecessary medical procedure” with a surgically implanted feeding tube.
The little girl, who lives with her mother in Renton, Washington, also had to wear leg braces and use a wheelchair despite doctors insisting they were not needed, Q13 FOX reported.
Sophie Hartman, 31, claimed her daughter suffered from a rare neurological condition, alternating hemiplegia in children, but doctors now say the child is perfectly healthy
A lengthy investigation into the case accuses Hartman of “ child medical abuse, ” stating that Seattle Children’s Hospital specialists requested a consultation after worrying that the mother was asking for “ increasingly invasive procedures based on undocumented signs and symptoms. symptoms reported by the parent ‘.
Reports point to concern that “this pattern has led to unnecessary medical tests, medications, procedures, surgeries and weakness in this child.”
The six-year-old, who was adopted as a baby from Zambia, Africa, was taken from her mother’s care and observed at a local hospital for 16 days.
Court documents say there were no findings or reported symptoms at any point during her admission to support any of her previous diagnoses.
Search warrants revealed that the girl was diagnosed with a neurological disorder, but medical providers said this was based on information about her symptoms that Hartman had provided to them.
These symptoms, including severe seizures, had been seen by none other than Hartman, the documents claim.
Sophie Hartman appeared in a video from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and said that her daughter has been diagnosed with an illness that means she can become paralyzed at any time.
According to court documents, Hartman has taken her adopted daughter to appointments since she was about two years old and subjected her to what doctors called an “unnecessary medical procedure” with a surgically implanted feeding tube.
Researchers also revealed that Hartman’s diary suggests she has a history of untruth about having certain medical conditions, such as meningitis and mono.
In a related note she wrote, “When it comes to suffering, I am a compulsive liar / exaggerator.”
A social media page and various fundraisers were set up for the child and she received a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Speaking of her daughter in a video for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hartman says she has been diagnosed with an illness that means she could become paralyzed at any time.
A social media page and various fundraisers were set up for the child and she received a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The six-year-old, who was adopted as a baby from Zambia in Africa, was taken from her mother’s care and observed at a local hospital for 16 days
Hartman adds, “Doctors, even the best pediatricians, don’t know what to do and have no treatment options … She needs oxygen because her breathing is shallow and slower; she depends on her feeding tube when she can’t eat. ‘
A statement seen by Q13 FOX issued on her behalf by Hartman’s attorneys claims the mother is “ innocent of these allegations. ”
It adds, “ Contrary to the claims of the King County Prosecutor, the child’s diagnosis has been made by more than one physician, is legitimate, and is based on a substantial record that goes beyond the reports and information provided by Ms. Hartman.
“That record includes independent medical examinations by multiple physicians, direct observation of the child by doctors and nurses at Duke and at Seattle Children’s Hospital, standardized test results, videotapes of the child’s symptoms, MRI, EEG, and other diagnostic tests.”