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Alleged hospital negligence fresh in mind more than a year later

It is difficult to imagine how parents in Louisiana or anywhere ever recover from the sudden death of a child. A little more than a year ago, the 11-month-old son of a couple in another state died. His parents have filed a lawsuit claiming hospital negligence caused his untimely death.

This family's tragic situation began when the baby experienced abdominal pain and couldn't keep any food down in September 2015. His parents did what any good parents would do and took their son to the hospital. Attending physicians diagnosed the boy's condition as vomiting caused by a virus of some sort.

The mother suspected a more serious problem. Her requests for more tests were denied and the child was sent home with instructions to the parents to follow up with their family doctor if symptoms did not subside. A nurse working at the time documented that the mother of the child was extremely upset about the patient being sent home without clear answers as to why he was so ill and in so much pain. Not long after, the parents took the child to another medical center because he was still sick. After almost a whole day there, an ambulance was finally dispatched to transfer him to another facility.

When medics tried to take the boy from a car seat to a hospital bed after arriving at their destination, his heart stopped. He was revived briefly but died a little while later. An autopsy showed the boy died from septic shock caused by a very common pediatric intestinal problem. His parents are seeking restitution in a hospital negligence claim on behalf of their now deceased son. Anyone in Louisiana who has suffered similar losses may seek support by contacting a medical malpractice attorney.

Source:, "Parents sue hospitals, ambulance company over baby's death", James Halpin, Dec. 2, 2016

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