Shocked mom spots screw in daughter’s jaw — 5 years after surgery

(NY POST)– Kayla Hilbert knows the walls of a hospital room better than those at school.

The 5-year-old from Bennett, Colorado, was born with an abnormally small jaw and a cleft palate that made eating and breathing difficult. As a result, she’s undergone eight surgeries in her short life.

But her most recent operation, to remove a screw in her jaw, never should have happened.

“She had a feeding tube until she was about a year old,” her mother, Amber Hilbert, told KDVR. As a newborn, Kayla was flown to Children’s Hospital Colorado.

“They had to go in and cut her jaw bone on both sides and screw plates into it,” said Hilbert. Since then, she says, Kayla had been enjoying a relatively normal life — until a few months ago, when Hilbert began sifting through her daughter’s medical records, including a CT scan that seemed to show a large screw embedded in Kayla’s jaw.

“It was shocking to see something that big in her small head, especially imagining five years ago how small her head was,” Hilbert told her local FOX outlet.

Her doctors, however, seemed less surprised by the discomforting discovery.

“He responded that it’s probably a screw left in there from her jaw distraction when she was an infant,” she said. “I’m definitely upset it was missed.”

The screw was ultimately removed in October of last year. Meanwhile, Hilbert is considering legal action, and urging parents and guardians to be vigilant about reviewing their children’s medial history.

“My biggest thing is just watch your kids’ records because stuff like this was obviously easy to overlook. It’s definitely something I never expected to happen,” she said.

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