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Children’s Hospital of New Orleans has confirmed that in the summer of 2017, bacteria on its surgical equipment caused an outbreak of infections in children who had undergone cardiac surgery at the hospital.
At least 12 children were hospitalized as a result, and many more might have been affected.
The bacteria, mycobacterium abscessus, is described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “distantly related to the ones that cause tuberculosis and Hansen’s disease (leprosy). It is part of a group of environmental mycobacteria and is found in water, soil and dust. It has been known to contaminate medications and products, including medical devices.”
At the Law Office of John W. Redmann, L.L.C., our medical malpractice attorneys have been helping families throughout Gretna and New Orleans fight back against negligent health care in Louisiana for over 20 years. When you need aggressive, knowledgeable legal representation, you can rely on Redmann to help you get what you and your family deserve for the pain and suffering endured by your child.
If your child has received treatment at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans in the recent past and you suspect he or she may have been affected by this bacterial outbreak, please contact our office today for a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney. We can be reached at (504) 500-5000.