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An 8 year old boy had a history of seizures associate with high fevers. The parents summoned emergency help after the boys temperature began to rise. He began to have seizures and vomit once inside the ambulance. The parents and paramedics both agree that the boy was immediately place on his left side but the parents claim there was a one minute delay in suctioning of the vomit. They believe that this delay ultimately caused the boy to die from aspiration and asphyxiation. It was alleged that resuscitation was started when the boy had difficulty breathing following suctioning. The boy died within 20 minutes of arriving at the hospital. In the ensuing trial, the paramedics and hospital were cleared of any medical negligence.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Kent County Times
About: Hospital and paramedics win medical malpractice lawsuit over boys death
Date: 22 December 2004
Source: Kent County Times
Author: Tracy Scudder
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