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Infant Dies After Alleged Alcohol Flush During Surgery

A seven-month-old baby boy was at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital Medical Center for an open heart surgery to correct a heart condition. Instead of learning about a successful surgery, the parents of the baby learned that he died during surgery.

The family suspects that a serious mistake during surgery caused the boy's death -- the boy's heart was flushed with alcohol rather than saline solution.

Children's Hospital CEO has released a statement but refuses to comment on patient specifics to the public. Instead, the hospital acknowledged that the family has a right to know their child's "medical status, treatment and outcomes." Children's Hospital also said that their "thoughts and prayers are with the family of the child, with our caregivers and the entire Cincinnati Children's family. This is a difficult time for many."

While the medical error is unconfirmed to outside sources, the family feels that the medical technician improperly flushed the baby's heart. If true, this would be a fatal mistake likely contributing to the baby's death.

Preventing Surgical Errors

Hospitals can take steps, such as extensive safety protocol and policies or color-coded medicines and surgical equipment, to protect patients. In a step to improve patient care in Ohio, hospitals throughout the state have joined forces through the Solutions for Patient Safety initiative. While this initiative did not prevent the recent tragic death, it helped to decrease hospital costs while improving hospital safety in 2010.

All too often, medical malpractice harms innocent families with tragic results.  An experienced medical malpractice lawyer has the knowledge to help families understand their legal rights after a mistake or accident.

Related Resource: MSNBC's "Family Mourns Baby's Tragic Death at Children's Hospital"

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