Tragedy occurred back in 2011, only days after baby boy Adrian Wilson was born at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. At merely two days old, Adrian Wilson underwent a complex heart surgery, and although he came out of the surgery seemingly well, he later died. A jury recently found that the death of baby boy Adrian Wilson was the result of too much calcium administered by Veronica C. Swanson, the anesthesiologist.
Tiny Adrian Wilson underwent an operation called the Norwood, which is a difficult surgery, on May 6, 2011, when he was only two days old. Immediately after surgery, the newborn seemed to be recovering well, according to his medical records. However, the surgeons were concerned that his mended heart would not tolerate closing the surgical incision on his tiny chest, so they waited eleven days before they sutured his chest closed.
What Went Wrong?
On June 6th, the surgeons sutured the baby’s incision and then the anesthesiologist administered 400 milligrams of calcium to help his heart beat strongly. However, baby Wilson’s heart stopped soon after and it took the physicians 13 minutes to revive him. Nine days later, he died, and the surgeon who performed the Norwood procedure wrote in the medical file that the baby died from “hypercalcemic cardiac arrest.”
Uncovering Other Newborn Deaths at St. Christopher’s
Adrian Wilson was born with a severely underdeveloped left side of his heart, known in the medical industry as hypoplastic left-heart syndrome. Adrian Wilson was not the only baby who has died at St Christopher’s after undergoing complex heart surgery. In fact, a review of insurance claims information found that 24% of newborn babies at St. Christopher’s who underwent a similar type of heart surgery as Adrian Wilson also died.
Nobody Should Have to Say Goodbye to Their Newborn at the Hospital
It is difficult enough to decide whether to let your newborn baby undergo serious, but necessary surgery or not. When any parent makes that decision, he or she is putting that newborn child’s life in the hospital staff’s hands and hoping that everyone works diligently to ensure the entire surgery procedure is error-free.
The last thing any parent expects is to have to sue a hospital for the wrongful death of a newborn. If you or someone you know was unable to bring your newborn home from a Philadelphia hospital and you feel strongly that the medical staff was at fault for your child’s death, call Solnick & Associates, LLC today at (877) 415-6495. We offer a free case evaluation when you call us.