Dennis Quaid: Twins 'Seem To Be Doing Great' After Hospital Tragedy
First Published: January 15, 2008 7:33 PM EST Credit: Associated Press
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Betrayed. Mislead.
That’s exactly how Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, say they were treated by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Following their emotional nightmare with their two newborn twins, Dennis and Kimberly sat down with the Los Angeles Times for their first interview since the near-fatal ordeal.
Just nine days after being born, Thomas and Zoe Quaid were taken to Cedars-Sinai on November 17 for a staph infection. They were reportedly given an overdose – 2,000 times more than needed – of the blood thinning drug Heparin.
During a 90-minute interview at their home with LA Times investigative reporter Charles Ornstein, the Quaids spoke candidly about their terrifying experience.
Following the interview, Ornstein spoke to Access about his talk with Dennis and Kimberly.
“I think the Quaids feel they have not gotten the answers, the full answers to what happened to their children,” Ornstein told Access.
As it turns out, the horrifying encounter began when Kimberly had a premonition that something wasn’t right.
“Dennis said, ‘I’ll call the hospital to make sure there’s nothing wrong.’ He called and they said, ‘They’re fine, they’re just fine,’” Ornstein told Access, recounting the story. “And really at the time, two hours earlier, a nurse had noticed one of the babies oozing blood.”
According to the Quaids, Cedars went into emergency mode, trying to reverse the effects of the Heparin overdose without contacting them.
“The first they heard was when Dennis Quaid came into the hospital the next morning,” Ornstein revealed. “They were critically ill and these decisions about their medical care had been made. [Dennis] said to me to think about it if his children had died. They wouldn’t have even been able to go to the hospital to say goodbye.”
When the parents finally saw their children, they witnessed the terrifying effects of the Heparin overdose.
“When they were at the hospital, they saw blood spurting from Thomas’ umbilical cord across the room and hit a wall,” Ornstein said. “The babies were bleeding from every place they had been punctured. They were bleeding from every opening. It was a situation that almost made Kimberly faint.”
Following the medical nightmare, the twins spent 11 days in intensive care and are now home.
“We have our babies back and they seem to be doing great. They’re just a lot of fun to be with,” Quaid told the LA Times.
And after meeting with Dennis and Kimberly, Ornstein could attest to the family’s happiness in the wake of the incident.
“I saw them with the babies and they were very loving. The babies seemed happy and healthy,” Ornstein noted. “They don’t seem to show any lasting effects of the Heparin overdose.”
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