Grieved Parents turn to activism
In Sunday’s Paper, an article appeared about a young couple in Gainesville Florida, who lost their son due to medical negligence.
The Ferrero family took their precious 3-year-old son Sebastian in for a medical exam last October – tragically, two days later he was dead, killed by a series of medical errors that began with a massive drug overdose.
After receiving $850,000 settlement from the hospital, Shands Healthcare at the University of Florida, they have started a foundation to prevent medical errors from occuring in the future.
“”We never thought there was a risk involved,” said Horst, 33. “This was something preventable and this was something simple. This was a routine test.”
The Ferreros hope to build a $300 million, 125-bed standalone children’s hospital in Gainesville within five years. They estimate they must raise about 10 percent of the money _ $30 million _ with the remainder coming from bonds.
Want to help them? www.sebastianferrors.org
I admire their efforts – their conviction, and am so sorry for their pain. I wish I could say it won’t happen again…. but sadly, I know better..