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Who is Maya Kowalski?

BY Anas Shah Jun 15, 2023. 06:51 pm UPDATED: Jun 15, 2023. 06:51 pm

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Perhaps you’re curious about Maya Kowalski and what happened to her.

Here’s all you need to know about the young woman who inspired the upcoming Take Care Of Maya documentary on Netflix.

Who is Maya Kowalski?

Maya was born in 2006 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is now 17 years old.

She was reared with her brother Kyle Kowalski and is the daughter of Beata and Jack Kowalski.

The teen underwent a terrible experience that would alter her life, and her tale even served as inspiration for the June 19 release of the Netflix documentary Take Care Of Maya.

What happened to Maya Kowalski?

Since she was nine years old, Maya Kowalski, now 17, has experienced agonizing migraines, asthma attacks, painful lesions on her arms and legs, and cramps in her feet.

Maya was brought to the emergency room at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in her hometown on October 7, 2016.

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Her medical issue confounded doctors, which made her parents thirsty for information and prompt them to start looking into the symptoms on their own.

Registered nurse Maya’s mother learned that her daughter might have suffered Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a rare neurological illness.

Maya received ketamine infusions from Dr. Anthony Kirkpatrick, a Tampa anesthesiologist and pharmacologist who specializes in CRPS, according to People.

Then he proposed a more drastic course of action, known as a “ketamine coma,” in which Maya’s neurological system would essentially be “reset” over the period of five days.

Maya and her family traveled to Mexico in 2015 to get the surgery done despite the risks as the treatment was still in the experimental stages at the time and had not yet received FDA approval.

Although the youngster thought the therapy had helped, less than a year later she was brought back to the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital with agonizing stomach discomfort.

And this is when Maya’s entire world started to crumble.

Maya’s parents informed the medical staff caring for her that their daughter had CRPS and needed heavy doses of ketamine to assist lessen her excruciating pain.

However, medical workers reportedly raised concerns and contacted protective services, who ultimately accused Beata of child abuse as a result of Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP).

According to the Cleveland Clinic, MSP is a mental disorder and a type of child abuse where a caregiver for a child either creates phony symptoms or causes genuine symptoms to make it seem like the child is ill.

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After being wrenched from her mother’s arms, Maya was taken into state care and separated from her family for three months, despite the fact that a court-ordered psychological assessment found she was not abusive.

And after 87 days of being separated from her daughter, in January 2017 Beata took her own life at 43-years-old.

An email was found after her death with the words, “I’m sorry.

“But I no longer can take the pain being away from Maya and being treated like a criminal. I cannot watch my daughter suffer in pain and keep getting worse,” she wrote.

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