Connecticut parents trust physicians to care for their children to the best of their ability, but a mistake can mean the difference between life or death. The loss of a child is devastating in any circumstance, but it can be especially painful when it may have been preventable. One out-of-state family is experiencing just such a tragedy after they say the errors of medical professionals resulted in the untimely death of their son, and they are pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The incident began on a summer day a few years ago, when the mother of the 7-year-old boy in this case put him in a bath. She discovered him a short time later, not breathing after having been submerged in the tub. The woman’s father performed CPR and was able to get the boy breathing, but she decided to have him taken to the hospital with the help of EMTs. His oxygen went down during transit, and he needed to be intubated upon arriving at the hospital. The boy’s mother alleges that the medical staff did not open his airway correctly and that the boy was without oxygen for several minutes.
The boy’s death the next day prompted his mother to file a civil lawsuit against the hospital where he was treated. She says that several third-party medical experts reviewed the medical records and determined that the boy’s death was preventable. The case is pending, and the hospital has not offered any comment on what happened.
Families here in Connecticut who experience this type of hardship may not know where to turn next. They may decide that filing a medical malpractice claim — like this boy’s mother has done — is the best legal recourse. A successful litigation may result in monetary restitution that could be used in covering unpaid medical bills, funeral expenses or other financial losses they may be facing due to this event. Hopefully, this family will be able to find healing and recall happy memories of the boy they loved.
Source: fox17online.com, “Family Files Lawsuit Against West Michigan Hospital After Son’s Death“, Jessica McMaster, June 25, 2014