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 A little more than a year after the death of their son, Jenelle & Brigham Shamrell are filing a lawsuit. They say their son Caleb, died shortly after a Tonsillectomy.

Caleb Shamrell was just days away from turning three years old when he went in for what his family thought would be a routine surgery to remove his tonsils.

 But the surgery was just the beginning of a series of, what Caleb's parents call, medical mistakes that led to his death. 
 KWWL spoke to Caleb's parents in April.

"Nobody signs paper work and takes their child to the hospital for a tonsillectomy expecting them to die," said Jenelle Shamrell, Caleb's mother.


 The Shamrells have now filed a lawsuit against Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Iowa and the doctors who cared for Caleb at Covenant Medical Center and Sartori Memorial Hospital.


 After bringing Caleb home from his surgery at Covenant in December of 2014, "He started throwing up blood and that's when we know that he had been bleeding for a very long time," recalled Jenelle in April 2015.

 According to the lawsuit, the Shamrells rushed him to Sartori, the hospital closest to their home.
 He was later transferred back to Covenant for emergency surgery.
 Caleb was then sent to University of Iowa's Pediatric ICU in Iowa City.

 However, the University of Iowa's Children's Hospital is not included in the lawsuit.

In the 10 page document, the suit claims doctors failed to give Caleb necessary blood transfusions, failed to get Caleb to emergency surgery in a timely manner and administered too large amount of anesthesia and electroshocks.
Which they say led to "serious and potentially fatal brain damage."
     

Shamrell's lawyer says at this point in the process, they are not allowed to list a dollar amount.

We did get a statement from from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare: "providing safe care to our patients is our top priority. We take the privilege to provide that care very seriously."

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