Authorities launch probe into deaths of 11 infants at the hospital of Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo.- Several National District prosecutors went Tuesday to the Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital to investigate the deaths of 11 infants over the weekend, blamed on an oxygen system failure.
The investigators headed homicide Dept. director Dante Castillo and Gender Violence Unit prosecutor Andrea Villa Camacho arrived at the hospital on Lincoln with Independencia avenues of this capital, to determine the real cause of the deaths.
The deaths of the infants some as young as 11 months occurred between Friday and Sunday, and although hospital officials say the infants were in very critical condition, hospital staff who worked during the weekend said the oxygen supply system failed and two of the elevators were damaged, which they affirm made it hard to take the tanks up to the patients’ rooms.
SANTO DOMINGO. Eleven children with different pathologies died over the weekend at the Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital, where the central oxygen system suffered a breakdown and the 2 elevators were out of service, which delayed the installation of oxygen tanks.
Nonetheless, the director of the hospital, Rosa Nieves Paulino, said that at no time was there a lack of oxygen for the children, because the doctors on duty used manual respirators.
She assured reporters that the health situation of the children was serious and that the referrals and hospitalizations had intensified over the last three days.
The children had been entered into the intensive care and pediatric areas and seven of them were diagnosed with severe infections and other complications. Another child had a heart condition.
Two of the babies were reported dead last Friday; four died on Saturday and five on Sunday.
In the group there were three newborns, five babies of less than a year and the others were older than a year. The situation attracted the attention of doctors at the hospital, who said that their highest number of deaths that they had seen was seven, and in moments of crisis.
“Eleven, oh my God and what happened!”, Was the reaction of some doctors when they became aware of what they define as a very high mortality rate.
The patients came from San Cristobal, Samana, Peravia, sun Pedro de Macoris, Azua, Elias Piña and Greater Santo Domingo.
Yesterday afternoon the Minister of Public Health, Freddy Hidalgo Nuñez, visited the hospital to verify this situation regarding this mortality in the hospital.
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