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Medical malpractice claim outside Texas decided in parents' favor

Hospitals in Texas and elsewhere operate under certain protocols and accepted standards of care in order to provide the best treatment possible in the safest fashion for patients. When substandard care causes injuries or illness, families suffer long-lasting negative impact. Such was the case for one couple whose infant died due to medical malpractice in another state.

The 2-day-old infant was undergoing heart surgery because he had been born with a heart severely underdeveloped on the left side. Approximately 11 days later, the surgeons closed the incision site. They had left it open all that time, saying that they were concerned that closing it posed a risk to the child because his heart was still so swollen.

After closing the incision, an anesthetist administered calcium to the baby boy. This was intended to strengthen his heartbeat. Things took a devastating turn for the worse, however, when instead of beating stronger, the child's heart stopped beating at all. Tragically, he died a little more than a week later.

A jury recently awarded his parents $1.3 million, saying that the medical staff had administered too much calcium, causing the child's death. Texas doctors often perform similar surgeries and procedures as the ones described in this situation. Any parent who believes a child has suffered injury due to medical malpractice can address the situation through consultation with a personal injury lawyer. This is often the first step toward recovering one's losses in such circumstances, although there is never an adequate replacement for the loss of human life.

Source: philly.com, "Jury awards $1.3 million in death of baby at St. Christopher's", Tom Avril, Accessed on June 10, 2016

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