According to a recent article titled Secret deaths: CNN finds high surgical death rate for children at Florida hospital, at least eight babies have died at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida since December 2011 when their pediatric open heart surgery program began.
Layla McCarthy’s parents Christine and Matt were warned in an elevator at St. Mary’s by a stranger who overheard medical staff whispering about problems at the hospital’s pediatric heart surgery program. They talked about an unusually large number of babies having complications and that many weren’t surviving. They transferred her, but that left them wondering why they weren’t warned by the risks.
The article said “The McCarthys had no idea the hospital their baby was at was extremely inexperienced at doing such complicated heart surgeries on newborns. By the end of 2013, the mortality rate for babies having heart surgery there was three times the national average.”
The eight babies who died since the pediatric open heart surgery program at St. Mary’s Medical Center include Keyari Sanders, Alexander Gutierrez-Mercado, Amelia Campbell, Pa’rish Wright, Landen Summerford, Weston Thermitus, Milagros Flores, and another baby whose family wishes to remain anonymous.
CNN reports that by the end of 2013, the mortality rate for babies having heart surgery there was three times the national average…These parents “want to know why no one warned them that St. Mary’s was relatively inexperienced at such tremendously difficult and risky operations.”
You can read the full article here.
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