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Mom Takes Tale of Daughter's Death to Hospitals

Mom Takes Tale of Daughter's Death to Hospitals

Speaking at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, patient safety advocate Sorrel King, whose daughter died after a series of medical errors while at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, displays a care journal that can be used by a patient's family to

David Wenner / The Patriot-News

November 23, 2008

Sorrel King’s daughter, 18-month-old Josie King, died in 2001 at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore.

The child had been severely burned after accidentally stepping into a hot bath. She spent 10 days in the pediatric intensive care unit and was healing well.

Then the child was sent to an intermediate care unit, and her family was told she would be discharged within a few days.

Soon her mother noticed she was acting strangely and would cry out for every drink she saw. Josie also sucked furiously on a wash cloth during a bath given by her mother and a nurse. Despite her mother’s concerns, the staff said Josie was fine. But It turned out she was severely dehydrated.

On top of that, a nurse injected the child with a narcotic after a doctor had given a verbal order of no more drugs. The drug stopped the girl’s heart and she died.

Johns Hopkins gave the Kings a settlement. King said the family used the money to start a foundation to promote patient safety.

King said Johns Hopkins admitted the death never should have happened, and eventually invited her to speak there and encouraged her to speak elsewhere.

Since then, she said, many health professionals have “whispered” to her stories of fatal errors they’d witnessed and urged her to continue her campaign.

“I truly believe that things are really, really getting better,” she said.

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    crys5881

    over 5 years ago

    32 comments

    as a nursing student I am so confused as to all of the stories just like this. How is it that you cant understand an order to stop giving a med, how as an nurse already can you not tell when your patient is dehydrated. As a student I can already see these things, this is sad and really puts a bad attitude out tawords our career. I wish people who didnt truely want this career, would just stop going into it already!

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    nurseaisha

    over 5 years ago

    588 comments

    emtpixie, I agree with you. How on earth do you miss something so simple? All the signs were there. The nurse that gave the narcotic, did she miss the verbal order? I wish there was more detail to the story. At any rate, my heart aches for this mother. I cannot imagine having to bury my child.

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    emtpixie

    over 5 years ago

    328 comments

    How do you miss dehydration? All it takes is a little common sense! Things like this really make me mad! I'm glad the hospital admitted the "mistake" (I really can't call it that) and is playing an active part in getting the word out about things like this.

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    aggiegirl1989

    over 5 years ago

    154 comments

    i wish there was more as well!!!

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    Northstarnurses

    over 5 years ago

    70 comments

    My heart is just bleeding for this mother.

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    kstiltner1

    over 5 years ago

    7170 comments

    I wish there was more about this story.

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