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Autopsy: Memphis girl died from brain tumor

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A medical examiner has determined a middle school student in Memphis died of bleeding from a brain tumor.

The family of Ridgeway Middle School student Cecelia Snow had questioned how an incident involving the 13-year-old was handled.  The family said the girl hit her head on a door frame in the school cafeteria ion Dec. 6 and died the same night at home. A family spokesman said school officials didn't tell them about it.

According to the autopsy report, she had no evidence of traumatic injury, and died because of a grade one astrocytoma or pylocytic astrocytoma, commonly referred to as a brain tumor.

"I'm not dissuaded or persuaded as it relates to this particular report," said personal injury attorney Randy Fishman, representing Snow's family.

During its autopsy, the Shelby County Medical Examiner's office determined there was sufficient bleeding from the tumor to cause Cecelia's death.

Fishman said the autopsy appears consistent with the circumstances as his client understands them to be.

"The first thing a lawyer wants to do is to get a physician to interpret it for him to determine whether or not there is a causal link between the accident/incident and/or the injury and death," Fishman said.

A pilocytic astrocytoma is described as a slow-growing, benign, low-grade tumor. Left untreated, it can turn into a malignant tumor. Some research suggests that removal of a low-grade astrocytoma can result in long-term survival.

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