Medical staff in West Palm Beach harmed baby, claims lawsuit

WEST PALM BEACH

WRONG DRUG harmed baby, lawsuit claims

A Florida hospital mistakenly gave a pregnant woman a drug commonly used to speed up labor, causing her to give birth two months early and severely injuring the baby, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

The suit was filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court against St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach; the hospital's owner, Tenet Healthcare Corp. of Dallas; and several nurses, doctors and pharmacists.

The plaintiffs, Tesome Sampson and Frank Guy, claim medical bills for their brain-damaged baby have now topped $3.5 million. The lawsuit claims St. Mary's and the other defendants were negligent in administering the wrong drug. It seeks unspecified damages.

TAMPA

Man pleads guilty to Obama threats

A 21-year-old Lakeland man with a history of mental illness has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill President Barack Obama in a racist letter to military recruiters.

Nathan Wine faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release after entering the plea Wednesday.

Wine admitted sending a badly misspelled e-mail the day after Obama's election, and told investigators ways he would execute the threat. Agents found a handwritten note in his pocket promising to attack "tyrents of coler" and "gun down their leader Obama and let his blood spill on the streets of D.C."

Wine's lawyer has said his client was off his medication for two months before making the threat.

OCALA

Neglected horses taken from owner

Authorities have seized 33 severely underweight horses from a Miami man's farm in Central Florida's famed thoroughbred racing country.

Marion County Animal Services says most of the animals were 400 to 500 pounds underweight. Investigators had been watching them since late May after receiving a tip they weren't being cared for.

The county is filing for custody of the animals and pursuing animal cruelty charges against their owner.

GULF BREEZE

Deep in debt, zoo closes permanently

A Panhandle zoo facing financial problems is closing its doors for good.

The Zoo Northwest Florida had temporarily closed Monday, hoping to obtain enough funding from Santa Rosa and Escambia counties this week to reopen Friday. But the money didn't come.

The zoo, which is more than $4 million in debt, has struggled financially since hurricanes Ivan and Dennis hit in 2004 and 2005.

Associated Press

Medical staff in West Palm Beach harmed baby, claims lawsuit 08/20/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 20, 2009 11:05pm]

    

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