Mother Sues Over Special Needs Son’s Choking Death

Mother Sues Over Special Needs Son's Choking DeathA mother whose special needs son died after choking on food he consumed at the Pathway Community School in Gresham, Oregon, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the district, claiming that they violated explicit instructions about how the boy was to be fed, thus resulting in his death.

Temekia Eason says the Multnomah Education Service District is responsible for 18-year-old Christopher Tyler's death, FOX 12 reports. The family's personal injury attorney reportedly provided the news source with documents given to the school that specified that the boy was to be fed slowly and in small bites, and that staff had to check his throat regularly to make sure he wouldn't choke.

As this protocol was allegedly not followed, Tyler choked while eating a hamburger, causing oxygen to be cut off to his brain. Two days later, his mother took him off life support after doctors told her he would not recover. 

"It raises the questions of whether there are other protocols with other children that are not being appropriately followed," the personal injury attorney said.

According to the Oregonian, Eason seeks $734,000 from the district for her son's death. Of this amount, $20,000 is sought to cover medical expenses, $14,000 for memorial and burial expenses, $50,000 for his suffering and the remainder for his parents' loss of companionship.