An infant, Beth Hutt, who was born with a serious congenital heart defect recently passed away at Seattle Children’s hospital.
While in the hospital, the baby was exposed to Aspergillus mold which can cause lung or other organ infections within those with weak immune systems. Beth passed away after 175 days of living with the heart problems.
Investigators are unsure whether or not the mold had a direct cause in her death. Nevertheless, there is proof that the infant was fully exposed and contracted the mold during one of her various heart surgeries at the hospital. The parents of Beth as well as several other families who have lost their loved ones in connection with the Aspergillus mold are filing a lawsuit against the hospital.
The mold was found to be visibly present in at least five rooms throughout the hospital. As of November 2019, the hospital has voluntarily shut off access of the main operating rooms to patients in the hospital. There has been a mold problem ever since 2001 according to the hospital’s CEO.
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