The family of a 13-year-old boy who died after a skateboard accident last summer has settled a lawsuit with the hospital, according to the father.
Drew Hughes, a student at Broad Creek Middle School, died on June 28th.
His parents filed suit against Carteret General Hospital, claiming hospital employees were "grossly negligent" and acted with "reckless disregard", causing the teen's death.
When the lawsuit was filed in November, the family's attorney said the hospital sent a respiratory therapist along in the ambulance because they decided to put a breathing tube down the child's throat. The attorney said the teen was not properly sedated, woke up and pulled out the tube. The attorney says when those in the ambulance re-inserted the tube, it went into the teen's esophagus, rather than his trachea.
The attorney said Drew was given sedatives, and the teen, unable to breathe on his own, went without oxygen for about 35 minutes.
In a joint statement released Monday, the parents and the hospital said the medical facility has agreed to have an outside expert "review EMS policies and procedures, and to implement changes as necessary".
The statement said the lawsuit had been settled "to the satisfaction of all concerned," but did not reveal any other details.
In its answer to the lawsuit last December, Carteret General denied any wrongdoing in the child's death.
Hughes Family & Carteret General Hospital Statement
"The family of Drew Hughes and Carteret General Hospital are pleased to announce that the action regarding Drew's death has been resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned. Drew's untimely death was a great tragedy for his immediate family, the Carteret General Hospital family, and for the community as a whole. Drew's family will never forget the outpouring of love and support they felt from the community and it has been a source of great comfort to them. The parties agree there is a long-standing commitment to continuously improving the culture of safety at Carteret General Hospital. As part of the hospital's commitment to safety, it has retained an outside expert to review EMS policies and procedures, and to implement changes as necessary”
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