The family of the baby said that on On Oct. 11, a nurse removing an IV from the 3-month-old baby girl allegedly cut off part of her finger with a pair of scissors at the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. They are suing the nurse and the medical group for negligence and future damage that the baby might suffer, their attorney said.
The mother, Veronica Olguin, said her daughter was sitting in her lap when she saw it happen.
"There was blood squirting everywhere," Olguin was quoted as saying. “I started screaming, 'Her finger! Her finger!' and that's when [the nurse] panicked and she threw her scissors and started screaming for the other doctors.”
The finger was unable to be reattached at Tampa General Hospital because the nerve endings were too small to successfully operate on, WTSP reported.
The nurse at the hospital was emotionally affected by the incident, according to a defense attorney.
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center released a statement Tuesday.
"An unfortunate accident occurred at our hospital while an experienced nurse was removing bandages from the tip of a child's finger," the hospital was quoted as saying. "We rushed the child to a hand specialist, but unfortunately the tip of the finger could not be reattached. We deeply regret the harm to the child and want to express our compassion and concern for her and her family. We reached out right away to the child's family and their attorney, but have not been able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution. Again, we want to reiterate our sincere concern for the child and her family."
A settlement out of court was unsuccessful, the law firm said.
The baby is now 8 months old.