Between 2009 and 2016, Christopher Bowen-Wright visited hospitals 323 times and underwent 13 surgeries.
As Dearly previously reported, Texas mom Kaylene Bowen-Wright was seeking treatment in Dallas- and Houston-area hospitals and pediatric centers for her son’s health issues, including alleged cancer and a rare degenerative neurological disorder.
Throughout the 8-year-old’s life, Christopher had suffered three life-threatening blood infections from a feeding tube, was put on oxygen, confined to a wheelchair, admitted to hospice care, and was a potential candidate for a lung transplant. Fundraisers to help pay for his medical expenses and a final trip to the beach were established in his name.
Bowen-Wright believed her son was sick just 11 days after he was born. Ryan Crawford, however, maintained the boy was perfectly healthy. Christopher’s father was convinced his former girlfriend was lying about their child’s illnesses, reports WFAA.
According to Crawford, the more Bowen-Wright was questioned over her “outlandish” claims, the less he was allowed to see their son. As he explained to the Star-Telegram:
“She was always saying Christopher was sick. Every single week. Every single month. She would always say, ‘Something’s wrong. He has this. He has that.’”
Crawford was granted court-ordered visits until he was reportedly stripped of his visitation rights by a judge for refusing to accept Bowen-Wright’s assertions their son was gravely ill. Crawford told the Star-Telegram:
“It was always the same story: Christopher is dying. The father doesn’t need to be around because he doesn’t know to take care of him. Every time I went to court, they made me feel like I was the worst human ever.”
In 2016, following reports to child protective services (CPS) from Christopher’s doctors that Bowen-Wright might be potentially making her son sick on purpose, Christopher and his 6-year-old half-brother and 13-year-old half-sister were removed from Bowen-Wright’s care.
According to WFAA, a CPS investigator noted the state of Christopher’s health, writing in part:
Christopher’s history provided verbally by Ms. Kaylene Bowen paints a picture of a very sick child. The doctors do not find Christopher to be sick…
Bowen-Wright was arrested and charged with injury to a child. As Dearly previously reported, medical experts believed Bowen-Wright was suffering from “factitious disorder imposed on another,” also known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Crawford spoke openly to WFAA about his anger that his contention Bowen-Wright lied about Christopher’s health was ignored:
“How do you do 13 surgeries? How do you do it? How do you do 13 surgeries and not question the fifth surgery? The sixth surgery?”
As WFAA now reports, Christopher is now in the care of his father. Crawford spoke before Bowen-Wright’s first appearance in court since posting bail at a Child Protective Services (CPS) hearing, telling reporters Christopher is healthy and “hasn’t had any complications”:
“He understands that he’s healthy. He understands that he doesn’t need medication.”
Crawford told WFAA his son’s feeding tube has been removed, and he no longer believes he’s dying.
For Bowen-Wright’s part, although she reportedly didn’t speak during the hearing, an attorney, Heath Hyde, told reporters his client believed she was doing the right thing, according to WFAA:
“At the end of the day, you will be able to see that Ms. Bowen was an attentive mother doing what she thought was best for the kids and relied on the opinions of a bunch of others.”
Bowen-Wright has been barred from having contact with any of her children and has been attending court-ordered parenting classes and counseling. She has not been indicted by a grand jury, reports WFAA.
A second attorney for Bowen-Wright asked that a medical guardian be appointed for Christopher in light of a tending pediatrician’s assertions Christopher had “complex” medical needs. The request was denied.
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