Chicago couple Fritzie and Cameron Burkett filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Park Ridge's Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, accusing its staff of negligence for the death of their 6-week-old son, Genesis Burkett.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Genesis died one month and nine days after he was born at the hospital. The parents alleged that Lutheran General's workers had carelessly given their infant an intravenous bag with "approximately 60 times the dose of sodium ordered by the physician."
The lawsuit claimed that Genesis' growth and development was going well until a pharmacy technician, who was following a doctor's order for the IV fluid, filled his bag with an inaccurate amount of sodium.
The family's lawyer, Patrick Salvi, said the bag was labeled correctly at first and noted the high level of sodium it held. But a second label showing the correct amount of sodium ordered by the doctor was placed over the first label sometime before the nurse administered the IV, leaving the nurse unaware of the deadly dosage.
"A hospital error led to the incorrect concentration of sodium in [Genesis's] IV solution," said Advocate Healthcare spokesperson Kelly Jo Golson, acknowledging the mistake. "Our prayers continue to be with the family."
Salvi said Fritzie and Cameron Burkett seek "full and fair compensation" for their loss. "Genesis Burkett should be a happy and healthy 6-month-old boy at home with his family today," said the lawyer. "The innocent infant died of malpractice, plain and simple. And we intend on proving it in court."
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