Twelve-Year-Old Boy Dies When He is Prematurely Extubated Resulting in a Confidential Settlement

Brett L., 12, underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at a children’s’ hospital. After the procedure, Brett was extubated and transferred to the hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit (PACU).

Over the next 90 minutes, Brett‘s parents noticed that he was snoring. A nurse refused the parents’ request that Brett be repositioned. The parents then sought other help and found a nurse’s aide who turned Brett over to find that he was not breathing at all.

Despite resuscitation efforts, Brett died. He was survived by his parents and two siblings.

The family sued the hospital, the anesthesia team and the surgeon claiming that Brett was extubated prematurely following his surgery. The lawsuit against the nurse alleged that she chose not to properly monitor Brett in the PACU by, among other things, accessing Facebook while she was supposed to be taking care of this child.

This tragic death led to a confidential settlement made with the family before the beginning of the trial. The attorney representing the family was Mark Ledbetter.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling anesthesiology negligence cases, hospital negligence cases, nursing negligence cases, birth injury cases, wrongful death cases and medical negligence cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 38 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Bellwood, Melrose Park, Maywood, Bridgeview, Elmwood Park, Elmhurst, Highwood, Highland Park, Homewood, Hinsdale, Wheaton, Chicago (Andersonville), Joliet, Elgin, Waukegan, Zion, Morton Grove and Park Ridge, Ill.

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