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Injuries: wrongful death
The plaintiff was the grandmother and adoptive mother of a 13 year old boy who was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. He was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit where his respiration rate remained very high and continued to increase as time progressed. The young man's oxygen saturation level decreased, and the carbon dioxide in his blood increased. When the defendant – the intensive care physician – decided to place the patient on a ventilator to improve his condition and allow him to rest from the intense labor of trying to breathe, the patient went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and died.
The plaintiff charged the defendant doctor with negligence, asserting that he should have placed the patient on a ventilator much sooner, which would have saved the patient's life.
The case was settled during litigation.