When Tamika Hall and her husband brought their then 16-month-old daughter, Caylee, to the hospital on August 21, 2012 for what the couple thought would be a solution to their daughter’s sudden illness, the couple could not predict the tragic ending to their hospital visit.
Tom Joyner Morning Show commentator, Jacque Reid, went “Inside Her Story” with Timika Hall to discuss the events that unfolded that evening which left Hall’s infant daughter dead and to discuss what she is doing now to get justice for her late daughter.
Read Jacque Reid’s full interview with Timika Hall below:
TOM JOYNER: And from our New York studios, let’s go inside her story with Jacque Reid. Good morning, Jacque, Happy New Year.
JACQUE REID: Good morning, Tom. Happy New Year. A heartbreaking story for you guys this morning. Timika Hall is a military wife living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Now back in August, along with her husband, she took her 16 month old daughter, Caylee to a military hospital because the child was vomiting, she was lethargic, she had a low temperature and she had not wet her diaper in about ten hours. But what happened at the Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson may haunt this mother for the rest of her life. Her little daughter Caylee died at that hospital, and the parents say the hospital is to blame because of what they didn’t do, Tom. I’m going inside her story with the mother, Timika Hall. Good morning, Timika.
TIMIKA HALL: Good morning, Jacque.
JACQUE REID: I know this is difficult for you, but thank you for taking the time to share your story. Now many would say that the symptoms that I just describe that Caylee had when you arrived at the hospital were alarming. How long did it take for you to see an actual doctor?
TIMIKA HALL: We did not see an actual doctor until it was too late, unfortunately. We sat most of the time waiting since we saw an actual doctor. So I would say all together from 2:11 to 2:19 we did not see a doctor until about maybe 1:45, 1:30. So over an hour to see a doctor.
JACQUE REID: Over an hour. And hospital records show that a nurse came in six minutes after you arrived and basically took Caylee’s vitals. Now she said according to the charts the child was cold and then sent you back to the waiting room. How long did you wait until you saw the next nurse?
TIMIKA HALL: After she sent us back I would say we were in the waiting room for approximately 25 to 30 minutes. And it was not busy. As a matter of fact when Caylee’s name was called we were I think the only family in the ER.
JACQUE REID: So it wasn’t a crowded waiting room at that hospital, in the ER at that time.
TIMIKA HALL: Not at all.
JACQUE REID: Now you say Caylee passed out…well, you say another nurse did come to you finally. They took you to a room. You say she did not examine Caylee, that nurse, and you say Caylee passed out at about 1 a.m. You ran to the nurses’ station to get help and about 20 minutes after that that’s when the first doctor that you saw for that evening came in.
TIMIKA HALL: Right. And when she initially passed out I went to the nurses’ station and I asked them for help. They looked at me as if I was just an overzealous, overbearing, over-protective parent. And the lady at the nurses’ station, her exact words were, “okay”. And they continued to sit there. I went back to the room. My husband was trying to, he was calling Caylee’s name and rubbing her back, trying to keep her alert, and she went totally limp in his arms. Her limbs started dangling. And he said go get a doctor. So I went back a second time and I asked them for help, even more urgently, I was even more, I was in panic mode, and still no doctor came.
JACQUE REID: Now the hospital …
TOM JOYNER: And the nurses just sat there?
TIMIKA HALL: They just sat there. No one, no one came.
JACQUE REID: Now the hospital has not issued a formal apology because they don’t think that they are at fault. They don’t agree with your accounts of that evening. What are they saying happened?
TIMIKA HALL: That she would’ve died anyway.
JACQUE REID: Because she has a particular condition?
TIMIKA HALL: Right. She was a perfectly healthy baby up until this point. When we took her that morning they told us that she simply had a virus. With no vitals, no IV, they didn’t give her IV fluids, no blood was drawn. He looked in her ear, nose and throat and told my husband there’s a virus going around, she must have a virus, and send her home. So we just thought …
JACQUE REID: Now this is when your hospital, your husband took her to the hospital earlier that day before you returned to the emergency room that evening?
TIMIKA HALL: Right. We took her twice in less than 24 hours.
JACQUE REID: And so when you returned that’s when you had the encounter where you were waiting, but the waiting room was not busy and all of that.
TOM JOYNER: Did you have insurance coverage?
JACQUE REID: Well, we have Tri-Care.
SYBIL WILKES: You’re in the military.
TOM JOYNER: Okay, so insurance was not an issue?
TIMIKA HALL: No. No. No, not at all. We had … we, I told them, we were very specific, from the time we got there, because I didn’t go with my husband on the first visit. So when she came back home worse than when she initially went, this time I went and I told them her symptoms specifically from lethargic, her second visit and everything, and most of the times when you tell a hospital, this is a child’s second visit in less than 24 hours, they seem to take it urgent. That night, that morning, I don’t know what was going on, but Caylee got absolutely no treatment. None at all.
SYBIL WILKES: Is there a history of this kind of treatment at this hospital? Or was there anything …
TIMIKA HALL: Unfortunately there is. And at the time I did not know, because I’ve only been in Colorado, I’m a little over two years, but at the time that was the only hospital that we went to because for one its military and it’s close to our home. But now since this has happened to Caylee all of these stories are coming at me about how this happens more so often than not.
JACQUE REID: Now you’ve written to the White House about this particular incident, losing your daughter this way.
TIMIKA HALL: Oh, yeah.
JACQUE REID: And what? Have you gotten any response?
TIMIKA HALL: I have not gotten a response from the White House, however the Army, the hospital has apparently received some type of response from the White House and they sent me a letter. And I’m sure the letter was not because they wanted to, because I have been asking for answers about Caylee’s care from day one, that morning, something just was not right. And in the letter that I received from the Army in response to my contacting the White House, when I contacted the White House I went into details as to what had happened, and I told them simple things was not done to Caylee; no IV fluids, no blood work, simple things. And then their response to me, they said, “Well, basically you told the White House we didn’t do this, and we didn’t do that. None of that would’ve saved your daughter anyway.”
SYBIL WILKES: Hmm.
TOM JOYNER: Oh, my God.
TIMIKA HALL: They won’t give me answers. I won’t get answers. So they will continue to say your daughter would’ve died anyway.
TOM JOYNER: And how old was Caylee?
TIMIKA HALL: Sixteen months.
JACQUE REID: And you say if the would’ve at least tried something that you would feel better.
TIMIKA HALL: Of course.
JACQUE REID: If that’s at all possible.
TIMIKA HALL: Of course, any parent wants you; any person wants you to try to save their loved ones. Give Caylee a fighting chance for her life. Give her the opportunity to fight. And when you do absolutely nothing and say a person would’ve died anyway, that’s not the standard of care for no hospital.
JACQUE REID: Now Timika continues to fight for this every day. You have a petition, Tameka?
TIMIKA HALL: I do. There’s also a Facebook page for Caylee. It’s called Justice, the number 4, and her name, Caylee. www.justice4caylee.com. It’s spelled C-A-Y-L-E-E. And on that, her Facebook page, is a petition that I’ve created to actually see if the White House will make some reforms, or any legislation, will make reforms to the type of care that we receive because it’s just not fair what happened to Caylee that morning.
TOM JOYNER: God bless you.
JACQUE REID: Alright, Tameka.
SYBIL WILKES: So sorry for your loss.
JACQUE REID: Thank you for sharing your story.
For more information and/or to sign her petition on Hall’s Facebook page visit here.
To visit the petition site directly, visit here.