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HAINES CITY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A Florida mother is suing the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center after a nurse cut off her infant daughter’s pinky finger.
The incident happened last October when Selena Olguin was admitted to the hospital for an upper respiratory infection. On the third day when she was about to be released, a nurse was trying to cut off the tape that was attached to her IV. However, she severed the 3-month-old girl’s pinky finger instead.
“I realized it because there was blood everywhere,” Veronica Olguin, the girl’s mother, told WTVT-TV. “It was all over her shirt, it was on my shirt. It was on my face. I held her face close to my chest. She was red, she was screaming,”
The girl was airlifted to Tampa General Florida where surgeons were unable to reattach the pinky finger.
Now, Olguin is suing the hospital and the nurse for what happened to her daughter.
“We’ve got mother who gave birth to a perfect baby and now she lives with the realization that her child went through an extremely traumatic event,” attorney Lou Pendas told CBS Tampa.
According to Pendas, the nurse ran out of the room after cutting off Selena’s pinky, yelling, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”
Pendas said this case is not about monetary compensation but how a little girl will deal with the limitations she has been dealt in the future.
“(Veronica) worries about explaining to the baby how this happened, worried about telling the child what happened,” Pendas told CBS Tampa.
An attorney for the hospital called the incident an “unfortunate accident.”
“We deeply regret the harm to the child and want to reiterate our compassion and concern for her and her family,” attorney Richards Ford said in a statement to CBS Tampa. “We reached out right away to the child’s family and their attorney, but have not been able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution.”
Pendas said he wants the hospital and nurse to take responsibility for what happened.
“This is a clear liability. I don’t know what their defense will be.”