- The mortality rate for babies having open heart surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center was three times the national average from 2011-2013
- At least eight babies have died after having heart surgery in the hospital's pediatric heart surgery program
- "We're fortunate that our daughter is paralyzed and still with us," says one parent
West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)She was only 7 weeks old, weighed a mere 10 pounds, and had just had delicate surgery to widen a narrowing in her aorta, the vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. If that wasn't enough, after the surgery, Layla McCarthy stopped moving her legs. The doctors couldn't explain why.
'Babies as sacrificial lambs'
The shocking numbers
A very reassuring grin
'A total mess with newborn babies'
A Christmas day effort too late
Operating solo on babies' hearts
'The failure of the entire team'
Hospital performing complex surgeries against expert advice
'We're fortunate our daughter is paralyzed'
- Pediatric open heart surgery cases reported to the state of Florida by St. Mary's Medical Center for 2011, 2012 and 2013
- Reviews of St. Mary's pediatric heart program by a team of five independent pediatric heart doctors
- Letter to Florida's Children's Medical Services detailing a physician's concerns about St. Mary's pediatric heart program