$1.4 million verdict plus interest for death caused by administration of too much fluid
A Boston jury awarded $1.4 million to the husband and son of a 54-year-old woman who died about twelve hours after being given too much intravenous fluid and blood products. The defendant doctors were treating the woman’s chronic anemia by giving her blood transfusions, but failed to recognize that her kidney condition made her unable to tolerate such a large quantity of fluids. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants should have used blood products containing less water. The couple had come to the United States from Shanghai several years earlier. Their only child, a son, had been unable to get a visa to visit his parents until after his mother died, when he was permitted to come for her funeral. The jury awarded $800,000 to the surviving husband and the son, which totaled $1.4 million with interest.