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Infant Dies At Hospital, Parents Hope Sons Death Helps Others

April 4th, 2008 by flanews

Last fall, Actor Dennis Quaids twins survived an overdose. It became national news. But here in Florida, another child was given ten times what he should have been given and he quietly died. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the family is now trying to turn the tragedy into something

Hear it here: Infant Dies At Hospital, Parents Hope Sons Death Helps Others

By all accounts, Sebastian Ferrero was a happy, healthy three year-old. His only problem, not growing fast enough. So his parents took him to Shands.

It was supposed to be, you know, a simple four hour test, said Sebastians mother Luisa Ferrero.

Halfway into the procedure, Sebastian showed stress. His mother questioned the doctors and the dosage.

But she was reassured the dosage was appropriate, said the infants father Horst Ferrero.

An emergency room visit and 48 hours later Sebastian was dead. The three year-old had been given 60 grams instead of 6 grams of a substance used
to test growth hormones. Now the family wants to turn their grief into action. They have offered to match up to a million dollars toward the construction of a childrens hospital. They are also on a campaign to make sure parents voices are heard.

A child can not say can you check to dose to see if it is correct. So
if a parent is asking those questions, they must be heard, said Horst.

We dont want another family to go through we are going through and
what Sebastian went through, said Luisa.

Medical errors kill an estimated 98,000 people in the U.S. every year. Sebastian is the face of one of them. The family did received 850,000 dollars from the Hospital. They are using that money as well as some of their own to match private donations. You can learn more about the case on the family web site at

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