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Negligence charges filed against hospital and doctors after child’s death

Parents sue Texas hospital and doctors after their daughter dies.

Ivanna Saucedo passed away on September 2, 2019 after being admitted to the El Paso Children’s Hospital in Texas. Her parents, Mariana and David, have filed lawsuits against the hospital and two doctors claiming their child’s death is a direct result of negligent care.

Ivanna had previously been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid in the brain while her mother Mariana was pregnant but otherwise healthy. Hydrocephalus affects two in 1,000 births in the United States, and children diagnosed early can lead full lives over the years with a few surgeries.

“We miss Ivanna very much,” said David Saucedo, a former city candidate for the Texas Board of Nursing. “We do this for our community because we don’t want more children to die, and we certainly don’t want more parents to go through (the death of a child).”

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The complaint states that Ivanna started vomiting at home on August 29, 2019 and her parents took her to the office of Roberto Canales, MD, a doctor from El Paso. However, Canales said the child needed emergency medical care and directed the family to go to El Paso Children’s Hospital. After that, he said, he would follow suit.

“In the hospital, the staff abruptly brought the sauce doses from the emergency room to a room on the ninth floor of the hospital,” the complaint said. The staff then explained, according to Ivanna’s parents, that “Canales would be arriving shortly and that only he could treat Ivanna.” They asked their daughter for medical help as she worsened over the night, but were constantly told to wait for the doctor’s treatment.

“Twelve hours later, Ivanna went limp, turned blue and began to foam from her mouth,” said the complaint. It was only at this point that “the emergency trauma team finally agreed to treat Ivanna, sedate her, and transport her to the pediatric intensive care unit.”

Canales arrived after 9 a.m. on the second day, and he and another doctor named in the complaint, Rodolfo Fierro-Stevens, MD, told David and Mariana that Ivanna would be fine. “However, Ivanna’s previously inserted shunt – a drainage device commonly used to treat hydrocephalus – malfunctioned,” the suit reads, and “Canales and hospital staff failed to recognize a common complication of shunt placement and hydrocephalus Ivanna’s condition misdiagnosed as a hypoxic stroke. ”“ Shortly thereafter, she was pronounced dead.

The complaint goes on to say: “Canales is unqualified and untrained in pediatric intensive care” and that “Ivanna’s death was also caused by policies and procedures at El Paso Children’s Hospital designed to accommodate and encourage Canales to do business with the hospital In return for millions in income and huge numbers of patients “for the doctor … When the hospital brought the well-known doctor on board, the hospital applied for a special permit to enable him to practice pediatric intensive care medicine. Directors and medical managers refused to grant the exemption, (but) the hospital allegedly threatened these doctors with dismissal. “

Although the hospital’s bylaws require all doctors to be certified in their field of work, and Canales claimed to be “a specialist in general paediatrics, pediatric intensive care, hematology and oncology,” his references have been overlooked. “Canales has no formal certifications, certifications and / or training in the last three areas.”

A hospital spokesman responded to the lawsuit filed after the child died, saying, “El Paso Children’s Hospital is focused on delivering high quality outcomes to the most vulnerable patients in El Paso and the surrounding community. Our primary goal is to offer all of our patients safe, high-quality care. “

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