An Ohio woman has filed a lawsuit against a Cleveland hospital and two doctors alleging medical malpractice related to a 2003 surgery on her infant son. The mother claims that the surgery resulted in severe brain damage and the premature death of her child.
The infant had an abnormal vein located at the base of his brain, according a news report from Fox8 News in Cleveland. The abnormality in that vein resulted in too much blood flowing into the baby's heart. The surgeries on the child were intended to repair the abnormality.
In our last post we discussed the difficulties that can arise in accurately administering very small doses of powerful medication required for small infants. The allegations in this case involve the use of a device that was not specified for use on infants.
According to the mother's attorney in the case, the surgeons used a device that was intended for use on adults, and had failed to obtain the mother's consent prior to using that device. He asserts that an adhesive from the device seeped into the infant's brain which caused a massive stroke resulting in permanent brain damage. The child survived several more years until his death in 2008.
A spokeswoman for the hospital shared her sympathy for the loss of the child, but asserted that the surgeons had not acted negligently. Rather that they had taken appropriate measures in their attempts to save the life of the child. She concluded, that "unfortunately, the child died due to his severe underlying medical condition."
Source: Fox8 News Mom Sues Cleveland Clinic, Surgeons Over Son's Death January 31, 2011