Sixteen months after Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly rushed their newborn twins to the hospital – and three months after the couple reached a settlement with the facility for the accidental overdose of their babies – the actor returns to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to see what measures have been secured so the mistake does not repeat itself.
And, this time, he’s accompanied by a crew from The Oprah Winfrey Show, for an episode to air March 10.
“I [felt] like when you go to hospitals, before this incident, that I [would] be taken care of and everything’s gonna be fine,” Quaid, 54, tells Winfrey. “People know what they’re doing. And they do for the most part. But mistakes happen. Errors occur all the time.”
In the case of the Quaids’ newborns, their massive overdose of the blood thinner Heparin was 1,000 times the dosage they should have received. “It was like the floor was pulled out from under our feet,” Quaid recalls. “It was quite a shock.”
Entering Cedars with Winfrey’s camera crew, he says, “Being here brings back a lot of memories, not all of them good.”
The babies, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, recovered and are now in good health, providing what Quaid calls “a happy ending.” And a bright future.
“I just remember thinking that this did happen for a reason. These two little kids, 12 days old, they’re gonna change the world in some way,” says their father. “And I think that reason is to raise awareness, and to get something done about computerized record keeping and bar coding in hospitals.”