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Woman Dies in Second Recent Case of Medical Error at Tufts


Brothers Michael and Stephen Carcerano filed a lawsuit during the third week of August against Boston, Massachusetts-based Tufts Medical Center in the Suffolk Superior Court for the death of their mother.

Caroline Carcerano came to Tufts in November 2013 for a procedure to relieve pain from a back injury. Doctors injected the wrong dye into her spine, and she woke up from the procedure suffering from pain and seizures.

She died a day after her hospital visit. Her back injuries were an offshoot of a fall in her Watertown apartment during the summer of 2013, causing her to break several vertebrae.

The neurosurgeon who applied the injection, Dr. Steven Hwang, immediately admitted his wrongdoing, saying, “We gave her the wrong dye.”

Tufts Medical Center offered to settle and implemented new safety regulations in light of this and another recent, unrelated medical error at their facility.

All of us at Crowe & Harris, LLP would like to extend our thoughts and condolences to the relatives and loved ones of the Carcerano family during this tragic time.

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