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Family of 8-Year Old Awarded $15 Million in Malpractice Case

Posted by Holly Haines on July 15, 2013

An 8-year old girl who had undergone a heart transplant as a younger child was given the decongestant Afrin by Dr. Cory Noel, a University of Washington cardiology fellow working in the Transplant Service.  The decongestant predictably led to cardiac arrest and permanent brain damage in the child who had had a heart transplant. 

The child's cardiologist had warned that the administration of a decongestant could lead to heart problems, including cardiac arrest.  The parents of the child filed a medical malpractice claim against the University of Washington and the hospital alleging carelessness.

This is a case in which better communication between physicians could have avoided a terrible tragedy.

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