MGH Suspends Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program After Serious Complications due to Errors

As of April 17th, 2009, Massachusetts General Hospital (“MGH”) reportedly suspended its pediatric cardiac surgery program after two babies suffered serious complications following errors made during open-heart surgery. State public health officials were investigating after receiving notification from the hospital that it was no longer taking young heart surgery patients.

Although it had been reported that both babies survived, one child may have suffered a serious neurological injury, having been transferred to Children's Hospital Boston. The second infant had surgery in March, and was still recovering. MGH stated that in both cases, technical errors were made during the surgeries.

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