$2.9 million medical malpractice settlement to family of boy killed during MRI

The family of a 6-year-old boy, Michael Colombini, who was killed while he was undergoing an MRI, settled a $2.9 medical malpractice lawsuit against Westchester Medical Center where the boy was accidentally killed. The boys’ parents filed the lawsuit in 2001 and settled right before the lawsuit went to trial.

Michael died in 2001 when he was hit in the head by an oxygen tank while he was undergoing the MRI. The oxygen tank was brought into the MRI room because the piped in oxygen had failed and the powerful magnets of the MRI machine pulled the oxygen tank into the bore of the magnet where the boy lay.

Young Michael was undergoing the MRI after the successful removal of a brain tumor.

The MRI community deconstructed the causes of Michael’s accident, looking at the factors which caused his death including poor planning, improper suite design and construction, failed maintenance, lack of training of safety procedures, improper materials screening, failed segregation of unsafe tanks.

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Source: The Journal News – LoHud.com, February 5, 2010