Actor Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly have spoken out for the first time since their newborn twins were hospitalized following a medication error. Two months after the incident, the two still question Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s handling of the accidental overdose.
Perhaps most shockingly, the parents – whose twins Zoe and Boone were born Nov. 8 to a gestational carrier – claim the hospital kept them in the dark for hours about the potentially fatal medication error.
“Our kids could have been dying, and we wouldn’t have been able to come down to the hospital to say goodbye,” the actor, 53, told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday.
On Nov. 18, the twins – who had been hospitalized for an infection – were accidentally given 1,000 times the recommended dose of the blood thinner Heparin, an act California regulators found placed the babies in immediate jeopardy. Still, Quaid told the paper, when he called to check on their condition that night, a nurse told him, “Oh, they’re fine. They’re just fine.”
He didn’t learn of the error until 6:30 the following morning, when he and his wife showed up for a hospital visit.
At that point, “They were in incubators with cords attached to them and monitors,” Kimberly Quaid, 36, told the Times. “You could barely hold them.”
The actor recalled one grisly scene, when one of Boone’s bandages was being replaced. Because of the excessive Heparin his system, blood gushed from the area around his clipped umbilical cord, splattering a wall 5 feet away.
Although the twins have since fully recovered, the Quaids said they feel betrayed by the prestigious hospital – and even claim someone from Cedars-Sinai leaked the news of the incident to the media. (The news was first reported by TMZ.com.)
A lawyer for the Quaids – who have already filed a lawsuit against Baxter Healthcare Corp., which manufactured the Heparin – told the L.A. Times that the two have not yet decided whether to sue the hospital.
Although Cedars-Sinai spokesman Richard Elbaum declined to comment on most of the allegations, he did tell the paper, “Throughout the course of their children’s hospitalization and continuing today, we have reached out to the Quaids to discuss any concerns or questions they have.”