Mom Sues Hospital for Cutting Off Baby’s Finger

March 30, 2012

A young mother is suing a central Florida hospital after a nurse accidentally snipped off the end of her baby’s pinky finger.

An attorney for Veronica Olguin says the nurse at the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Polk County cut off the 3-month-old child’s finger with scissors in October while snipping an intravenous tube attached to her hand. Doctors tried to unsuccessfully to reattach the finger.

The Tampa Tribune reported that Olguin sued the nurse and the hospital for negligence. Her attorney says the lawsuit was necessary because a settlement couldn’t be reached.

Hospital officials called it an “unfortunate accident” that they deeply regret. The nurse is still working at the hospital.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount of at least $15,000.

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