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Article published October 3, 2013
Girl dies of complications from injuries
CRANBERRY TWP — The little girl who suffered a severe brain injury after the lid of a storage trunk closed on her neck and deprived her of oxygen has died. Camryn Surman, 5, died on Wednesday as a result of complications from her condition in a persistent vegetative state, which she has suffered since the July 20, 2009, accident at her Cranberry Township home. On that morning, the lid on the rattan trunk that the family used to store toys snapped closed on the toddler’s neck. Camryn’s life was saved, but oxygen deprivation left her unable to move and reliant on breathing and feeding tubes. Attorney Martin Lazzaro, who served as the Surman family spokesman today, said Camryn was admitted to the hospital recently after her health began to decline. He said doctors were unable to help the little girl because of her vegetative state, and her parents, Eric and Laura Surman, decided to bring their daughter home. She died in the early morning hours on Wednesday. “She was basically released from the hospital and they sent her home because nothing could be done for her,” Lazzaro said. “Obviously, they are devastated.” A memorial service was held this morning at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry Township. There was no visitation, and interment was private.