New Jersey hospital improperly discharged 6-year-old who died of flu, lawsuit claims

Mackenzie Bean - Print  | 

A New Jersey couple is suing Hoboken (N.J.) University Medical Center, claiming physicians' negligence led to their daughter's death from the flu in 2018, reports

Stephanie Conteron and Gabriel Hernandez took their daughter Nevaeh to the hospital for a fever and headache on Feb. 9, 2018. Physicians discharged her after she tested negative for flu and strep throat.

After Nevaeh's symptoms did not improve, Ms. Conteron took her to Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center, where she experienced four seizures and fell into a coma before dying on Feb. 12, 2018.

The lawsuit alleges Hoboken University Medical Center physicians failed to recheck Nevaeh's vital signs or review past medical history of seizures before discharging her.

The suit names Hoboken University Medical Center, several clinicians and the hospital's owner, Jersey City, N.J.-based CarePoint Health, as defendants.  

A spokesperson for CarePoint told it does not comment on pending litigation.

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