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A family received an undisclosed settlement after a 5 year old girl died following a medical error. She had gone into the hospital to have surgery to correct a hole in the heart and leaky valves. A solution used to prepare the heart for surgery was administered but it was missing two ingredients. This caused her heart to stop beating irreversibly. She was placed on a heart transplant list but her condition deteriorated and eventually she died. The hospital had recently been unable to use their mixing machine and hence had to mix the solution by hand. There was no mechanism in place to avoid human error. Since the incident the hospital has done everything possible to prevent the same mistake occurring in other hospitals. The hospital director has also apologized to the family and kept them informed during the whole incident.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Wood TV
About: Medical error causes girls death following routine surgery
Date: 24 November 2004
Source: Wood TV
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