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‘Take Care of Maya’: Photos of plaintiff in $220M hospital lawsuit create controversy amid explosive case

Lawyers defending Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in a $220 million medical malpractice lawsuit waged by Maya Kowalski and her family showed jurors photos of the teenager smiling at prom, homecoming and for Halloween.

The 17-year-old, whose story was the subject of the Netflix documentary “Take Care of Maya, is suing the Florida hospital after a saga that led to her mother Beata Kowalski’s suicide following accusations of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Maya’s attorney Gregory Anderson told Court TV last Friday that the symptoms of his client’s complex regional pain syndrome – a poorly understood neuropathic condition – have worsened amid the stressors of the ongoing trial. 

Due to her “flare-up,” the teen was unable to attend court hearings for several days, Anderson said. But attorneys for JHAC showed photos of Maya posing in dresses, heels and even a skimpy angel Halloween costume on Tuesday, saying the snaps of the teen out on the town contradicted those claims. 

JHAC previously told Fox News Digital in a statement that the hospital’s priority is “always the safety and privacy” of its “patients and their families.”

Christina Coulter is a U.S. and World reporter for Fox News Digital. Email story tips to


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