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Hospital Sued for Cutting Off Baby’s Finger

Hospital Sued for Cutting Off Baby’s Finger

Veronica Olguin is suing the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center on behalf of her daughter, Selena, for the loss of a finger.

In October, Veronica took Selena, then 3 months-old, to the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. Selena had a fever that wouldn't go away. During treatment the baby was hooked up to an IV. When a nurse later went to remove the IV, she used a pair of scissors and accidently snipped the top of Selena's pinky off. Veronica was holding her baby at the time.

She reported, "there was blood everywhere. It was all over her shirt, it was on my shirt. It was on my face. I held her face close to my chest. She was red, she was screaming."

The baby was flown to another hospital to see a hand specialist, but doctors were unable to reattach the finger because it was so small.

Now Veronica has initiated a lawsuit against both the hospital and the nurse. The plaintiffs are seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages.

Lou Pendas, the family's attorney, said, "clearly, she has certain limitations. You try to grab that hand and she pulls it away. She doesn't like her nails trimmed."

Veronica reported that she continually relives the incident in her mind. "I cry. And [Selena] cries at night. I think she remembers what happened and cries sometimes."