2011-05-18 / Headlines

Government settles with parents of baby who died after operation at Rosebud IHS Hospital

The U.S. government has agreed to pay $230,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the parents of a boy who bled to death following a circumcision at the Rosebud Indian Health Service Hospital.

Forrest and Mary Keefe sued in 2009 concerning the death of their 6-weekold son, Eric. The complaint alleged IHS Dr. Douglas Lehmann failed to properly inform the mother the type of pain medication she should administer. The boy was circumcised June 13, 2008, began to bleed that night and died after he was returned to the hospital the following day.

In the settlement, reached last month, the government does not admit fault but says the agreement will avoid further costs of litigation. Each party will pay its own attorney fees.

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