Parents Sue Nebraska Hospital For Daughter’s Death

The parents of a toddler who died after an excessive heparin infusion are suing the hospital that treated her. The parents of a 2-year-old who died after receiving an overdose of a blood thinner have sued the Nebraska Medical Center for medical malpractice, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

The lawsuit claims Almariah Izabel Duque passed away on March 31, 2010 after she was reportedly given 10 times the proper dose of heparin following kidney dialysis. The toddler's parents, Kenya and Gregorio Duque filed the lawsuit in Douglas County District Court and are seeking damages for their daughters wrongful death, suffering while alive and for their emotional distress, reported the newspaper.

According to the source, the couple traveled from Texas to bring their daughter – who was born with congenital defects – to Nebraska for surgery. The girl received small bowel, liver and pancreas transplants in December 2009 and was discharged the following February. However, the media outlet reports she was readmitted soon afterward for an infection and required dialysis after her kidneys shut down.

The lawsuit claims the heparin infusion pump connected to Almariah was programmed incorrectly and the error was not discovered for five hours, causing the toddler to suffer bleeding in the brain. She died two days later.

The news source said the lawsuit will challenge a Nebraska law that caps medical malpractice awards at $1.75 million. Approximately 32 states have instituted caps in medical malpractice lawsuits, according to the safety website Injury Board.