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Legal action possible after patients contract infection at Children's Hospital

(Source: Centers for Disease Control) (Source: Centers for Disease Control)
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Parents of Children's Hospital patients fighting an infection that may have been caused by a piece of hospital equipment plan to file suit.

"Our goal and charge is to figure out what Children's Hospital knew, when and what they should have done," said plaintiff attorney Lawrence Centola.

The infections discovered so far happened during surgeries in June and July of this year, but hospital officials fear there could be more.

At this point, hospital officials say as many as a dozen children were infected with mycobacterium abscessus.

The source may have been a device used for controlling the temperature of s patient’s blood during surgery.

That device, known as the Liva Nova Stockert 3T, was highlighted in a warning from the Centers for Disease control in October of 2016.

"Although thousands of patients in the United States have been notified regarding potential exposure to contaminated heater-cooler devices, the number who were exposed might be much larger. Over 250,000 procedures using cardiopulmonary bypass are performed in the United States each year," the CDC statement read in part.

The Children's Hospital infections showed up nine months after the warning was issued.

"We were aware of the report. We had two 'Stockert 3Ts' at the time. One was involved in the FDA advisory. They thought it may have come pre-contaminated from the factory with the different type of microbacteria. We got rid of it then we adopted advanced disinfecting techniques that they advocated at that time," said Children's Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Heaton.

The attorneys say they are also investigating filing a product liability suit against the manufacturer.

Family members tell FOX 8 an infectious disease expert from a hospital in Tyler, Texas spoke to parents Monday.

A spokesperson for Children's Hospital said the hospital has assumed all cost of treatment for families affected by this infection.

Heaton said the children who were infected are responding well to treatment with antibiotics.

The hospital said it has discontinued use of the device.

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