Infants are smaller, weaker, and more susceptible to injuries and damages when given the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medication. Although doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are aware of this and most do excellent jobs of helping children get well, sometimes critical errors by medical professionals occur—causing serious injuries.
One recent example of a needless medical error involved a hospital giving a baby too much medication. Baby Jaden Williams was born five weeks premature and was diagnosed with meningitis. Jaden’s parents said they expected a long road to recovery for their little boy, but they expected their child to get better, not worse.
Sadly, while Jaden was being treated for meningitis at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Fontana, California, he was over-medicated. It appears that a pharmacist made a critical mistake that caused baby Jaden to receive 10 times more medication than what was prescribed. Medical records indicated that Jaden was given 280 milligrams of Acyclovir instead of 28 milligrams.
Now a six-week-old boy is being kept alive on a ventilator after his heart stopped and his brain began to swell after receiving too much medication. The hospital emailed NBC4 news a statement, “Due to an individual pharmacist error, the child was given more of the medication than he should have received. This dosage could potentially have adverse effects on the kidney or liver, but this has not occurred. The maximum pharmaceutical recommendation is 168 milligrams in 24 hours, and he received 280 milligrams, an additional 112 milligrams.”
According to Jaden’s parents, while the hospital did admit to overdosing their baby, the hospital also tried blaming his worsening condition on his meningitis instead of the medication overdose. Now, Jaden is on life support and fighting for his life.
As lawyers who represent victims of pharmacy errors, we send our best wishes to baby Jaden. We would also like to offer our free report to anyone who has suffered at the hands of a pharmacist. Download your free copy of How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Error, or call us to schedule your free consultation today.