ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 10, 1985
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(Studio) Physician's error in Albany, New York, last February resulting in coma of patient Lillian Cedeno and premature Caesarean birth of her infant in effort to save child recalled; baby reported dying last night.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(NYC) [Dr. Allan GElS - explains infant's death.] Deaths of Miami hospital patient Bob East due to doctor's error and of Vanderbilt University Hospital patient after being given liquid air freshener rather than medication cited as illustrating fatal medical mistakes and raising questions of hospital safety. [Hospital administration Thomas CAMPBELL - acknowledges mistakes, adverse psychological impact on incoming patients.] Estimated number hospital patients dying annually from reported medical accidents mentioned, outlined on screen. [Dr. Howard ZAUDER - cites factors contributing to mishaps.] [Attorney Paul RHEINGOLD - thinks fatigue contributes to malpractice.] [Dr. Joseph FISHER - disagrees.] [Dr. Frederick DAVEY - explains concern of laboratory directors.] (Color level returns at 5:38:50.)
REPORTER: Jay Schadler