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The Kowalski family from Netflix's 'Take Care of Maya' broke down in tears as the 911 call after Beata's death was replayed in court before the jury as the first witnesses in the close to eight week trial took the stand.
Maya Kowalski, 17, was placed into state custody for three months after doctors at Florida's Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital (JHACH) raised concern that her parents were faking symptoms of her debilitating complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF) and a state judge supported hospital staff's suspicions of 'child medical abuse' and placed Maya under DCF custody and she was housed at JHACH.
On Friday, Maya's brother Kyle Kowalski, uncle Robert Rynes, neighbor and teacher took the stand to give testimony.
As Rynes testified jurors heard the harrowing 911 call made by Maya's father Jack after he discovered his wife Beata had hanged herself in the family's garage.
The Kowalski family from Netflix's 'Take Care of Maya' broke down in tears as the 911 call after Beata's death was replayed in court before the jury as the first witnesses in the close to eight week trial took the stand
AndersonGlenn LLP, who launched the lawsuit on behalf of the Kowalski family exclusively told DailyMail.com that the family seeks $55 million in compensatory and $165 million in punitive damages
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'Jack called me and said Beata just hung herself and that I needed to get over there right away,' said Rynes on the stand.
As the harrowing audio played, video footage from the court showed Kyle, Jack and Maya breaking down into tears as they listened to the call.
'911 what's your emergency,' the operator can be heard saying, 'she hung herself,' explains Jack on the other end of the call as the operator asks for an address.
'She hung herself in the garage,' Jack can be heard saying as he breathes heavily as voices echo in the background of the call.
The operator asks Jack if he's with Beata, to which he responds, 'yeah I'm in the garage,' before asking for the 42-year-old's age.
Jack can be heard crying on the other end of the line as the operator tries to understand whether there are any life saving measures that can be taken to save Beata.
'She's stiff, she's stiff, oh my god,' he says trailing off to cry before telling his son Kyle 'no you can't go in there.'
According to the complaint from Pinellas County, Beata, died by suicide because of turmoil the family claim had been caused by the hospital.
Maya's mom, Beata, (right) killed herself after she was diagnosed with a depressive mood and adjustment disorder upon being separated from her then 10-year-old for 87 days
'Defendants imprisoned Maya at [Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg] with no legal justification,' the lawsuit said. The hospital vehemently denies these allegations.
Jack filed the lawsuit on behalf of the family and the complaint said their daughter, Maya, showed signs of her debilitating condition since 2015, when she was 9.
When suffering from CPRS the body misinterprets even light touches as excruciating pain, resulting in symptoms such as stiffness, spasms, and limited mobility.
The complaint used words like 'burning, bone-crushing, shooting and stabbing' to describe the sensation. Eventually, specialists recommended Maya take ketamine as treatment.
Ketamine is a clinically accepted form of treatment that blocks pain receptors and allows the patient's body to revise the sensitization process, the complaint said.
According to the complaint, it was after one such flare-up in October 2016 that her parents took her to JHACH.
The complaint accuses hospital staff of becoming 'offended and defensive' by the parents' suggestions on how to treat Maya.
In a statement they said: 'Our priority at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is always the safety and privacy of our patients and their families, and we are vigorously defending against the false allegations made in the suit.'
'Our first responsibility is always to the child brought to us for care, and we stand behind our staff's compassionate care.'
Kyle, who had been at home when his mother killed herself, briefly took the stand on Friday revealing to the court what he remembered of his sister's condition.
'Maya would be up crying and moaning all night and I was about 10-12 feet away from her room and I would be up all night hearing her,' he claimed.
'After the Ketamine, yeah her symptoms did get better, the lesion's they started to cure and her movement definitely got better.'
Maya's case was allegedly escalated after staff accused Beata of Munchausen-by-proxy.
The condition is a mental illness and a form of child abuse in which the caretaker of a child, most often a mother, either makes up fake symptoms or causes real symptoms to make it look like the child is sick.
On Friday, Maya's brother Kyle Kowalski, uncle Robert Rynes, neighbor and teacher took the stand to give testimony
The family detailed their harrowing experience in an explosive Netflix documentary that was released June 19
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