September 5, 2006
Haleigh Poutre Making ProgressTopics: News
12 year old child abuse victim Haleigh Poutre is making progress. In the fall of 2005, Haleigh was hospitalized in Massachusetts from a severe beating from her step-father. Haleigh, who was in a coma, was declared "brain-dead" by the doctors. The Massachusetts Dept of Social Services wanted to remove Haleigh from a feeding tube and ventilator. Haleigh's mother also wanted her daughter to die.
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Child abuse victim Haleigh Poutre, once deemed to be "virtually brain dead" by medical experts, continues to improve and is even speaking a few words, her biological grandmother said this week.
Sandra Sudyka, of the Feeding Hills section of Agawam, angered over the state Department of Social Services apparent termination of her and her daughter's bimonthly visits to Haleigh at her Boston hospital, said she has decided to speak publicly of her granddaughter's condition.
"She was doing well," Sudyka said of the last time she saw Haleigh on July 18. "She was bright-eyed and smiling. She is always responsive to us."
DSS had asked Sudyka and Haleigh's biological mother, Allison Avrett, not to disclose the 12-year-old girl's condition to the media.
"I decided since they broke the deal, I am going to talk. People should know how well she is doing," Sudyka said. Avrett declined comment this week.
DSS spokeswoman Denise Monteiro declined comment yesterday. DSS officials have said, however, that Sudyka's and Avrett's visiting privileges have been suspended and not terminated.
DSS took custody of Haleigh nearly a year ago after her adoptive mother and stepfather, Holli A. and Jason D. Strickland, of Westfield, were charged with beating her.
Doctors initially reported that the battered and emaciated Haleigh was in a vegetative state due to a sheared brain stem. Social services sought to end life support systems, a plan approved by the state Supreme Judicial Court on Jan. 17, before improvements in Haleigh's condition were known.
"They don't want people to know how she is doing after they wanted to pull the plug," Sudyka said.
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Michelle Malken wrote extensively on Haleigh on her blog site.
Posted by Mary at September 5, 2006 6:45 PM
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