- Sara and Padraig Keenan claim daughter Lana died after ‘medical errors’
- Couple were then wrongly accused of child abuse leading to her death
- Doctor branded herself as TV’s Dr House claimed they’d shaken infant
- Parents were barred from seeing daughter as she lay dying in hospital
- Social workers also took their two sons away from the grieving couple
- Keenans who were cleared of wrongdoing say they’re target of witch hunt
- Suing hospital and ambulance responsible for alleged medical blunders
By HANNAH PARRY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:58 EST, 17 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:39 EST, 17 January 2016
A family whose baby died after a series of ‘medical errors’ were then falsely accused by a doctor of causing the tragic death through child abuse, a lawsuit claims.
Sara and Padraig Keenan are suing over claims that blunders by ambulance staff and medics at a New York hospital led to the death of their three-month-old daughter Lana, the New York Post reports.
The couple had called 911 on January 3, 2014, after Mr Keenan discovered his daughter choking on her own vomit in her crib.
Sara and Padraig Keenan claim daughter Lana (pictured) died after ‘medical errors’ and they were then wrongly accused of child abuse leading to her death
The Keenans are now suing over claims that blunders by ambulance staff and medics at a New York hospital led to the death of their three-month-old daughter
The lawsuit says that as their daughter lay dying, Mr and Mrs Keenan (pictured) were barred from being near her while social workers took custody of their sons, six and three
A friend was able to revive her but when EMTs from Exchange Ambulances arrived, they failed to intubate the young girl, give her oxygen or protect her from the cold as they carried her down the street to the ambulance, the lawsuit, seen by the Post, claims.
The emergency crews then took the infant to Bay Shore’s Southside Hospital, despite pediatric intensive care units being available at nearby Good Samaritan and Stony Brook hospitals.
Three-month-old Lana was given a cocktail of drugs including the same sedative linked to Michael Jackson’s death – Propofol – which led to her brain being starved of oxygen for an hour, court documents allege.
The grieving couple say that Dr. Jamie Hoffman-Rosenfeld allegedly introduced herself as the TV diagnostician Dr House
When staff tried to raise the baby’s blood pressure to get oxygen pumping to the brain again, the IV was incorrectly inserted.
The youngster was then transported more than an hour away to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, a sister hospital to Southside also run by Northwell Health.
It was the hospital where Lana would pass away just a few weeks later in February 2014.
But the grieving parents’ tragedy was far from over.
When their baby arrived at the Cohen they met Dr. Jamie Hoffman-Rosenfeld, who allegedly introduced herself to them as TV’s talented diagnostician Dr House.
She decided that Lana was suffering from shaken-baby syndrome as a result of child abuse from the parents and began a ‘bogus, illegitimate, and wholly contrived witch hunt falsely accusing both of harming their child and causing the injury which ultimately led to her death’, the court suit says.
The distraught parents were banned from being near their little girl as she lay dying after Hoffman-Rosenfeld and Suffolk County social workers secured orders of protection against Mr and Mrs Keenan.
Social workers then took custody of their young sons, aged six and three.
Police and the attorney’s office investigated the doctor’s claims but found no evidence of child abuse. Two separate autopsies also confirmed that no physical abuse had caused the infant’s death.
Sara and Padraig Keenan are seeking unspecified damages from Dr Hoffman-Rosenfeld, Northwell Health – which runs Southside Hospital (pictured), Suffolk County, the ambulance company and more
Yet social workers continued to pursue the custody case for their other children until the family were finally cleared of any abuse this month.
Mr and Mrs Keenan believe they were hounded by the case to try and force them to clear the hospital, and medical staff of any wrongdoing.
After being cleared of abuse, the couple have filed the federal lawsuit seeking unspecified damages from Dr Hoffman-Rosenfeld, Northwell Health, Suffolk County and Exchange Ambulances.
The Keenans have since given birth to another little girl, in August last year.
A spokesman for Northwell Health told DailyMail.com: ‘The loss of a child obviously is a tragedy and we have extended our sympathies to the family.
‘Because this is a matter of litigation, we are unable to comment on the specifics of the case.
‘However, it’s important to emphasize that New York State law requires health care providers to report any unexplained injuries involving children to Child Protective Services.’
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Lana’s family.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3403751/Parents-accused-child-abuse-witch-hunt-silence-family-baby-following-series-medical-errors-New-York-hospital-file-lawsuit.html#ixzz3xY7m73p7
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