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Child dies following surgery after alleged medical mistake

Ohioans who watch the news might have heard that a woman in California is making waves in the medical legislation department. According to the news, she lost her 11-year-old daughter to a medical mistake, and now she's trying to make sure it won't happen to anyone else.

The Nov. 19 news states that the little girl went in for an elective surgery in 2002, when she was 11. At the time, she went through the surgery and was fine, but when she was recovering at the hospital, she went into respiratory arrest. Normally, if a patient is being monitored, the staff could try to place the patient on oxygen, or they may be able to take other steps save the patient's life. Unfortunately, this little girl was not having her breathing monitored, according to the report, which means that her distress went unnoticed.

The report claims that a medication used for managing pain is what caused the respiratory arrest to occur. The technology that could have saved her was located in the hospital, but it wasn't used, according to her mother. Now, her mother is trying to prevent this from happening again by making it mandatory that patients are monitored for their breathing after a surgery of any kind. The new legislation has been dubbed, 'Leah's Law,' and it may be put into place in California after the incident at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. That state could be one of the first to use the equipment for monitoring as a rule, and hopefully, that will spread to hospitals around the U.S.

The safety of a loved one is of the utmost importance, and when a small medical error results in death, it could be unbelievable. If you've lost your loved one, you may want to look you're your legal options.

Source:  Forbes, "Leah's Law: A Mother's Mission to Save Lives" Robert J. Szczerba, Nov. 19, 2013

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