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Toddler Dies Following Massive Dose of Potassium

Author Demetria Ratchford

Authorities have launched and investigation into the death of a toddler who was prescribed a massive dose of potassium while recovering from a gastrostomy in 2012.

About the Toddler’s Death

According to Fox News, 20-month-old Willow Kemp died after she was prescribed high amounts of potassium.

Willow underwent a gastrostomy in June 2012 at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. She suffered from cardiac and respiratory issues during the procedure and was recovering in the intensive care unit when she was prescribed a massive dose of potassium; however, doctors failed to check her levels of potassium after the dose was administered.

Willow suffered from cardiac arrest after receiving the potassium and was pronounced dead shortly after.

Medical Staff Blames Fluctuating Potassium Levels

The medical staff in charge of Willow testified that the toddler’s potassium levels fluctuated even when she was stable. 

Dr. Robert Ross-Russell, a pediatrician at the hospital, said, “It was an exceptionally high concentration of potassium. I have used it once or twice but never in a child so small in age or in terms of weight.”

A consultant pediatrician at the hospital, Dr. Robert Yates, claimed that he was satisfied with her potassium levels being taken every 90 minutes to two hours,but an investigation revealed that the staff did not check her potassium levels for three and a half hours after the fatal dose.

Willow was found to have 11 mmol/l of potassium in her blood, while the normal level in blood is 3.5-5.0 mmol/l.

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Corpus Christi Man Killed in Wrong Way Collision

Author Jarod Cassidy

According to KRIS-TV, Jim Koch, 68, was killed Thursday when his vehicle was struck head-on by a wrong way driver.

Authorities Believe Alcohol was a Factor

Reports indicate the wrong way driver, Julian Padron, may have been drinking prior to the fatal accident.

Padron’s co-workers stated that he had attended a Christmas party at the bar he worked at in downtown Corpus Christi earlier that evening.

Police state that after leaving the party, Padron began driving east on westbound Highway 358 before colliding with Koch’s Ford Fiesta near Bear Lane.

Police are investigating the incident as intoxication manslaughter.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 traffic-related deaths were recorded in Texas in 2013.
  • 1,089 of those deaths were attributed to accidents in which a driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol, and 523 people were killed in head-on collisions.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people suffering serious injuries.
  • TxDOT estimates that one person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes in 2013.

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CCPD Investigates Distracted Driving Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

Police have cited a motorist for Distracted Driving following a two-vehicle collision last week.

Both Drivers Hospitalized

According to KRIS-TV, the incident occurred on Ayers Street near Holly Road Thursday morning when a silver van drifted into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle.

Both drivers were transported to the hospital for treatment – one of the drivers was complaining of chest pains.

Authorities said the driver of the van was on his phone when the accident occurred. He was cited for Distracted Driving and for Failing to Maintain his Lane.

Distracted Driving Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • In 2012 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 people were injured in auto accidents involving a distracted driver.
  • It is estimated that distracted driving is a contributing factor in 10 percent of all fatal crashes involving drivers under the age of 20.
  • Drivers in their 20s are responsible for 27 percent of all fatal distracted driving crashes.
  • On average, a driver’s eyes are off the road for five seconds when texting. When traveling at 55 mph, a car will travel the length of a football field with five seconds.
  • 25 percent of teens respond to at least one text every time they drive.

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