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Native returns home to raise money for foundation
Timika Hall lost her 16-month-old dauther Caylee last August due to what she feels is medical neglect. Hall is now workng to raise awareness about the issue and has also started a foundation in Caylee’s honor. (Contributed photo)
A Rocky Mount native returned to her hometown recently to raise money to support two issues she feels needs more awareness; heart disease and medical neglect.

Timika Hall lost her 16-month-old daughter, Caylee, on Aug. 21 due to what she says is medical neglect.

Hall said her husband and Caylee’s father, who is in the military, took Caylee to a military hospital emergency room in Colorado because she had been sick throughout the night. He was told a virus had been going around and Caylee apparently had it. Hall said no lab work was done and Caylee was sent home.

But throughout the day, Caylee got worse and was taken back to the emergency room. She died an hour later.

“Caylee was treated like a kid with a common cold,” Hall said.

While at the emergency room for the second visit, Hall said Caylee passed out and no one tried to help her.

“I saw life leaving my baby and as a mommy, I couldn’t help her,” Hall said. “The people we trusted to help her didn’t and now they are trying to cover up her death.”

It was later discovered that Caylee had myocarditis, a heart disease. Hall said though she understands Caylee had the heart disease, she feels her daughter was not treated properly at the hospital.

Now, Hall is trying to raise awareness.

Hall said she plans to fight the hospital and is working with an attorney to file a lawsuit.

“Medical neglect is larger than we know,” she said.

Hall is also working to raise awareness for myocarditis by establishing “Caylee’s Heart Foundation.”

Hall said there are many misconceptions about medical care for military families. A lot  of people think military families get the best treatment but she says it’s not true.

“I’ve heard quite a bit of stories from this hospital,” Hall said. “No soldier, active duty or veteran, should have to fight for their country and have to fight for their life in a hospital. That should not happen.”

“It started out being just about my daughter, but I feel like I have to tell people how military hospitals treat us,” Hall added.

A fundraiser was held on Friday, March 22 at the Bowling Center in Rocky Mount to raise money for Caylee’s Heart.

Hall, who attended Northern Nash High School before moving to North Edgecombe High School her senior year, said the fundraiser is important and she hopes to spread awareness.

“I just want to spread awareness,” Hall said.

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