Chicago Couple Says Infant Son Received 60 Times Intended Sodium Dose

Chicago Couple Says Infant Son Received 60 Times Intended Sodium DoseA Chicago couple whose 6-week-old son allegedly died after being given 60 times the intended dose of sodium have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital responsible for the alleged error.

Genesis Burkett's parents say he was born premature and was diagnosed with a common heart condition, but he was otherwise healthy and doing extremely well until the incident, NBC Chicago reports. Approximately 6 weeks after his birth, however, he died at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital after being given 60 times the intended dose of sodium, the suit says.

According to the family's medical malpractice attorney, the IV bag used on the infant was originally labeled correctly as having an excessive dose of sodium, but an error led to another label being placed over the first one that designated the bag as having the intended, lower dose of sodium, the Chicago Sun Times reports. A nurse then hooked the boy up to the IV bag, and he died, the suit says.

"The innocent infant died of malpractice, plain and simple. And we intend on proving it in court," the medical malpractice attorney said.