In Ohio, if you’ve ever suffered the loss of a family member due
to medical malpractice or errors, then you understand what this family
is going through. In the medical malpractice case reported on March 27,
the family from Michigan reported that their daughter, an infant born
in 2009, was killed due to medical negligence.
The infant was only three days old when she died on June 7, 2009, according
to the records from Saint Mary’s Health Care. The child had been
born premature, but she was healthy at 34 weeks. She was only five pounds.
Since the child was doing fine in the neonatal intensive care unit until
the following mistake happened, the shock of her death is not surprising.
She was being fed through an umbilical venous catheter, which is inserted
into one of the two veins of the umbilical cord, but when it was inserted,
it was pushed up too far and into her heart. The X-ray showed that the
catheter was in her heart, but the radiologist allegedly reported that
there were no abnormalities.
The lawsuit states that the radiologist did not report any improper placement,
and this allegedly led to the child’s death due to fluid build-up
around her heart. The little girl died due to cardiac arrest after she
was unable to be resuscitated. It’s alleged that if the catheter
had been adjusted, the little girl would still be alive. An autopsy was
inconclusive, but 20 ml of the TPN feeding solution was found within the
sac around the baby’s heart. Her lungs had both collapsed or partially
Since the incident, the radiologist has died at 63. However, the Kent County
Circuit Court also found that he was not the one responsible for the child’s
early death, but Kent Radiology was held accountable. The jury did find
that it was a contributing factor, and it awarded the couple $1.25 million
for medical negligence.