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Dennis Quaid Talks About His Twins' Close Call

Dennis Quaid Talks About His Twins' Close Call

Expectant couples and new parents put their trust in the hands of hospitals. And, for Dennis and Kimberly Quaid doing so resulted in a close call with their infant twins.

According to People:

Last November, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace Quaid – who were hospitalized due to a suspected infection – nearly died at Los Angeles's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after mistakenly being given a massive overdose of the drug Heparin, an adult-strength blood thinner, rather than Hep-tock, a much-weaker version of the drug routinely given to clear IV lines in pediatric patients.

And, now the Quaids have made it their mission to raise awareness about the hospital errors that result in 100,000 deaths each year. To hear what happened,

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The actor said:

"Our kids are bleeding from everyplace that they've punctured," says Quaid. "They were working on Boone, whose belly button would not stop bleeding – blood squirted across the room. It was blood everywhere. It was a life-and-death situation."

Luckily, the twins are doing fine now. And, in an attempt to prevent other parents from going through a similar ordeal, the Quaids are suing the drug manufacturer, Baxter International.

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sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
what a horrible thing to have happen! it's good of them to spread awareness and I hope those babies are well.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
yes, and a friend of mine that is a nurse told me that the quaid's won't know if the children are brain damaged for 2 years. horrible situation. she also said that this type of overdose was so common at the hospital she worked at that they no longer allow it on the neonatal floor. poor packaging.
phatE phatE 9 years
what a nightmare!
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
Glad to see them speaking up for this important issue!
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