An infant suffering from heart problems in a Seattle children’s hospital with evidence of mold occupying the operating room passed away.
About the Baby Fatality and Mold Problem
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.
Key Facts About Aspergillus
- Most people breathe in Aspergillus mold each day since it is very common in outdoor and indoor settings.
- Aspergillus spores can cause major infections for those who don’t have healthy immune systems but are not harmful to those who do.
- According to the CDC, there are 180 types of Aspergillus but less than 40 are harmful to humans.
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