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Parents File Medical Malpractice Suit After 6-Year-Old Son Dies

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2014/02/24/children-s-medical-ut-southwestern-named-in.html?page=all

A Texas couple recently brought suit against a medical center, hospital and doctor after their 6-year-old child died after treatment by an emergency physician. The couple filed the medical malpractice suit in Dallas County Court in late February. The couple alleges that Children's Medical, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and an individual doctor were negligent and failed to diagnose their child's condition in a timely manner, failed to order appropriate testing, and misdiagnosed his condition, which ultimately lead to the child's death. On May 8, the 6-year-old boy injured his back after running into a pole and falling on concrete on the playground at his elementary school, according to the complaint. Just before 7pm that night, the boy was seen by the doctor named in the suit as well as other hospital personnel at Children's Medical. The complaint states that the doctor noted several potential conditions and ordered multiple tests. Those test revealed that the boy was constipated and had an elevated white blood cell count. The child was given medication for vomiting and at least one enema before discharging him with a diagnosis of constipation. However, four hour after the boy was discharged, he passed away. According to an autopsy, the child suffered from an abrasion on the left lateral chest wall, a lacerated left kidney with hemorrhage, intestinal hemorrhage and injury to his pancreas, stomach, right kidney and abdomen. The lawsuit alleges that the enema and other medical errors hid symptoms of internal trauma and led to a misdiagnosis. The suit goes on to say that nurses and other staff underestimated the significance of the boy's injuries, inadequately examined him, misdiagnosed him and made other medical mistakes.

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