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Attorney Heather Mitchell released this statement on the family's behalf:
“Jamie Lynn Fisher's family still has many questions and concerns about the events surrounding her death and hope to have answers soon. The initial reporting of her death has caused additional stress as it implied that she was a drug abuser. That is simply not accurate. Jamie's drug screen upon admission to Pauls Valley General Hospital Emergency Room was completely clean. There is a legitimate explanation for the medication she had in her possession. Any ‘uncooperative behavior' in the emergency room was a reaction to the narcotic medication given to her in the ER and her underlying undiagnosed medical condition.
“The family is concentrating on supporting and caring for Jamie's 10 year old son who is heartbroken over the loss of his mother. Unfortunately, the family is also having to protect him legally. An alleged and estranged ‘husband' who was engaged to another woman and in jail on felony charges at the time of Jamie's death is attempting to gain legal control over her estate. Also, Pauls Valley General Hospital has hired a private investigator who is contacting and attempting to interview Jamie's friends and witnesses to these events.
“The family looks forward to the resolution of this turmoil and prays that justice be done for Jamie and her son.”
Hospital officials released this statement:
“Pauls Valley General Hospital extends its sympathy and prayers to the family of Jamie Lynn Russell during this terrible tragedy.
“Quality patient care and safety are top priorities for the staff and physicians at Pauls Valley General Hospital. The hospital immediately launched a comprehensive investigation into the care provided to Ms. Russell and the processes followed during her visit to the emergency room.
“Once the investigation is complete we will have a better understanding of the situation. We hope to use the results of the investigation to further evaluate our clinical practices and ensure that we are providing the highest quality of care possible to all of our patients.
“Federal regulations prohibit us from discussing details of this tragic case.”