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Sep 17, 2013 6:38 PM

Attorney Seeks Answers from CCISD Following Student's Death

CORPUS CHRISTI - The law firm hired by the mother of a Haas Middle School student who died due to a severe allergic reaction to ant bites is looking for answers from Corpus Christi ISD.

According to attorney Thomas J. Henry, paramedics were not at the football game last Thursday when Cameron Espinosa collapsed. He says Cameron told a coach he was attacked by ants and the coach told him to wash them off with water.

Henry says Cameron soon started having trouble breathing and went into some type of shock. Soon afterwards, someone started performing CPR while 911 was called, according to Henry.

Henry says he is looking into factors that may have played a role in Cameron's death, including:

  • if there was a schedule of treatments for the fields
  • when the last time the field was treated
  • whether the school was required to have proper medical professionals on the field
  • whether the coaches acted effectively when cameron was bitten by the ants

"I think that this incident and the time delay in responding to a child in critical condition appears to be lacking in case of timeliness. I also have some concerns about the district and how the district deals with allergic reaction in children, when children don't have a known allergic reaction history," says Thomas J. Henry.

The attorney anticipates weeks could pass before he's able to look at documents and policies from CCISD. Once that happens, he'll decide what his next step should be.

Dr. Scott Elliff, superintendent of the Corpus Christi Independent School District, has a news conference scheduled for this Thursday. In a release, the district says Elliff will provide information related to the incident.

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