Doug / 06-22-2011 / Wrongful Death

Toddler Died After Heparin Overdose, Alleges Wrongful Death Lawsuit

According to CHRON, a Texas couple has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Nebraska hospital over their child’s death. The parents of a child who died last year at the Nebraska Medical Center after an overdose of blood thinner have sued the hospital. The couple alleges the mistake caused excruciating pain and the girl’s death.

Greg and Kenya Duque of Dallas filed a wrongful death lawsuit, naming the hospital and a dialysis center that provides nurses for Nebraska Medical Center as defendants in the lawsuit. The lawsuit does not specify the amount in damages sought, but it does ask the court to go past a Nebraska law capping awards in hospital liability cases at $1.75 million. An Orlando injury lawyer can answer your questions about wrongful death cases.

Nebraska Medical Center acknowledged last year that an overdose of heparin contributed to the death of 23-month-old Almariah Duque, but said it may not have been the sole cause of the child’s untimely death. The toddler was being treated for an infection and undergoing dialysis at the time of the death, following a liver, pancreas and small bowel transplant in December.

The family’s wrongful death lawsuit alleges Almariah’s condition had been improving when a nurse mistakenly gave the girl 10 times the amount of heparin she was supposed to receive, causing an overdose and severe brain bleeding. The toddler suffered excruciating pain and died 48 hours after the overdose, says the suit.

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