The top clinic hospital forced a quarter of its operating rooms to close and warned 3,000 families after finding MOTHER – months after the same fungus killed one of their patients
- The Seattle Children & # 39; s Hospital has been in contact with the families of 3,000 children who have recently undergone operations in the affected rooms
- It comes months after a patient died in hospital from an infection caused by the same fungus, Aspergillus
- Dozens of operations have been delayed because the rooms are being disinfected and inspected
- A mother says she called the hotline but they refused to confirm or deny that her son's 4.5-hour surgery was in one of the affected rooms.
One of the best children's hospitals in the country has closed a quarter of the operating rooms after mold was detected on devices.
The Seattle Children & # 39; s Hospital has contacted the families of 3,000 children who have recently undergone operations in the affected rooms and may need to be checked for infections.
It comes months after a patient died in hospital from an infection caused by the same fungus, Aspergillus.
Dozens of operations have been delayed because the rooms are being disinfected and inspected.
But a mother, whose son had a sinus operation in the hospital in April, says officials refused to confirm or deny that he was in an affected room, and only said that his operation did not sound too serious and they were not worried had to make.
Seattle Children & # 39; s Hospital has contacted the families of 3,000 children who have recently undergone surgery in the affected rooms, and may need to be checked for infections
"He gets sick all the time … I understand they have many patients, but I care about my child," said Jodie Puppe, 11-year-old Ryan's mother, Q13 Fox.
Puppe says that her son's surgery lasted four and a half hours, rather than the planned two, and he has since been struggling with sinuses.
She heard the news about Aspergillus in the hospital and called the hotline that patients were being encouraged to call.
Aspergillus is a type of fungus that can grow on plants.
They can cause mild infections in people, but it is especially aggressive in people with compromised or moist immune systems, such as those undergoing surgery.
Those who are already ill run a higher risk of & # 39; invasive aspergillosis & # 39 ;, which can cause fever, chest pain, coughing, coughing up blood, and shortness of breath.
The operator who answered Puppe's call could not confirm whether he was being hit, but said that because Ryan's operation was non-invasive, he has a lower risk of contracting an Aspergillus infection than the one undergoes heart surgery.
& # 39; I want them to tell me what's going on. I deserve to know, & Puppe said
& # 39; They are like, ok, you have a lower risk, but they don't really give us information … So that's frustrating. It really upset me.
& # 39; I feel it is even more frightening, just because I'm OK, now you really don't give me any information. & # 39;
The hospital spokesperson, Alyse Bernal, said they are working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation.
& # 39; Patient safety is our top priority and we take this situation very seriously & # 39 ;, Bernal said in a press release.
Concerned patients are encouraged to call the hotline: 206-987-1061.
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