Grieved Parents turn to activism

Grieved Parents turn to activism

Grieved Parents turn to activism 150 150 Dan Frith

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?

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..

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Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at

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