Many families are devastated by medical malpractice injuries and wrongful deaths every year. Medical malpractice can impact patients of all ages and health levels, from the fittest football player to the frailest premature baby.
The recent tragic death of a premature baby has spawned a renewed focus on hospital safety. The baby was born to a couple who wanted a home full of children. The couple became discouraged after having two miscarriages but never lost faith that they could build a family together.
“I just believed and had faith that when it was good timing it would happen,” the mother said.
A live birth did happen, and the family was thrilled. “I was overjoyed, you know, it was our first child. … He had some of my features. I could see it and I was like, ‘Wow, it’s amazing that we created that child together,”‘ the mother said.
That child would be taken away from the mother a short time later due to a medication error. CBS News reports that the baby received 60 times the normal dose of sodium in an IV bag while in the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital.
Doctors noticed the high sodium levels but no one checked the baby for eight hours. The baby went into cardiac arrest and died. The outraged parents contacted an attorney and filed medical malpractice suit against the hospital.
“A simple mistake could have been picked up several times along the way, by a pharmacist, then by a doctor, and they were not, and as a result, a little baby that was well on his way to recovery died,” the family’s attorney said.
The mother hopes that her tragic circumstances inspire a renewed push for patient safety, but she is crushed by her loss. “You have these dreams and you work towards making those dreams happen, and then like it’s kind of like a nightmare comes in a second and takes away everything,” she said.