Autopsy report shows no new info
by The Press and Standard | May 9, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 8, 2019 at 11:50 am
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey says dealing with the investigation into the death of 10-year-old Raniya Wright led him to a crash course in arterio-venous vascular malformation (AVM.)
The crash course was necessary, Harvey said, because of AVM’s rarity. One in 100,000 people face the medical malformation in the brain.
In many cases, the potential medical problem is not identified by doctors treating the patient.
On May 2, Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffy Stone released the full autopsy report to the media.
The full autopsy report followed an earlier release of investigative documents held after the April 29 press conference where Stone ruled that Wright’s death was from natural causes. Because the autopsy showed no signs of trauma, he said, there would be no criminal charges in connection with Wright’s death on March 27, two days after an incident in a Forest Hills Elementary School classroom.
The results of the March 29 autopsy of the young girl by a Medical University of South Carolina pathologist was the first suggestion of AVM as the possible cause, but AVM could not officially be determined as the cause of death until the results of forensic testing of blood and fluid samples were received from a Pennsylvania laboratory.
The end of the five-page report states, “In light of the historical information and the toxicological, gross and microscopic autopsy findings, it is the opinion of the pathologist that the decedent died as a result of acute intracranial hemorrhage due to a ruptured cerebellar arterio-venous vascular malformation. Furthermore, the manner of death is best deemed natural.”