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Family Of Teen Injured At School Event Announces Lawsuit

MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- An attorney announced Tuesday a lawsuit against a Hialeah school and a Miami event company, after a 15-year old girl suffered a major brain injury at a school event last year.

The attorney for 15-year old Celaida Lissabet announced a lawsuit against Mater Academy and Mega Party Events which was the company that organized the event.

He said what happened to Lissabet has left her unable to adequately communicate and with anxiety issues.

Her mother, Raquel Lissabet, said Celaida now acts like a 7-year old.

"It's not my daughter. It's a completely different person," said Raquel Lissabet.

Click here to watch Carey Codd's report. 

As her mother spoke at a news conference Tuesday, Lissabet played tic tac toe with her father.

Raquel Lissabet said her daughter suffered a severe brain injury while wrestling in a sumo wrestling suit at a Spirit Day event at Mater Academy in Hialeah Gardens last October.Her mother said Celaida hit her head during the event and wanted to stop but event workers would not let her.

"The second time she told the gentleman that her head was hurting and she was seeing blurry and she didn't want to do it anymore and he told her that she had to do it three times," said Raquel Lissabet.

Her mother said there have been changes in the way her daughter eats, communicates and behaves.

"You thank God you have your daughter but at the same time it's not who you know. You're starting all over...a new child...a new person you need to learn and get used to," said Raquel Lissabet.

The owner of Mega Party Events spoke to CBS4's Carey Codd about the allegations in the lawsuit claiming the company was negligent.

Adrian de la Rosa said she didn't think the allegations are accurate.

"Our attendants are very well-trained. The truth will come out one day," said De La Rosa.

Lissabet's attorney said the truth is that the girl was seriously injured at a school event where she should have been protected.

Celaida's mother said her daughter dreamed of being a criminal profiler.

"She had big plans which no longer gonna be…that's what doesn't need to happen again," she said.

Codd reached out to Mater Academy for a comment. They told our news partners at Univision that they have not yet been served with the lawsuit and could not speak about the allegations.

The owner of Mega Party Events told Codd that he hopes Celaida improves. He says he never reached out to her because the claim is being handled by the company's insurance company.


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