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Dennis Quaid's Newborn Twins in Medical Nightmare

11/20/2007 6:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that Dennis Quaid's newborn twins are fighting for their lives after being inadvertently overdosed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Sources tell us the twins -- Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace -- were accidentally given a massive dose of Heparin, an anti-coagulant. Babies typically get 10 units. Our sources say they were each mistakenly given 10,000 units. The drug is used to flush out IV lines and prevent blood clots. We're told one dose was given on Sunday morning, another on Sunday evening.

We're told late Sunday night, both babies started to "bleed out." Both babies are now at Cedars in the neo-natal intensive care unit where we're told they are stable.

The twins were born to Quaid and wife Kimberly Buffington November 8 via surrogate.

A rep for Quaid did not immediately return our call for comment and there was no immediate comment from Cedars.

We're told a technician stored the Heparin in the wrong place, and when a nurse grabbed the medicine for the babies without looking -- it was the wrong dosage.

A source says the babies are now being given Protamine, which reverses the effects of Heparin.

UPDATE: We're told as many as thirteen patients at Cedars were mistakenly given the overdose of Heparin, but the effects are more critical because of the age and weight of the twins.

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46.

Nurse_Ratchet    

If the nurse assigned to the twins would have followed protocol this mistake would not have happened. It takes two nurses to administer Heparin both are to check the order and both are to check the dosage on the vial that is to be administered. The nurse should be pulled from the floor and no longer allowed to take care of patients. Granted mistakes happen, but it only takes a few extra seconds to follow protocol and protocol was created for a reason...checks and balances....very sad this nurse felt that she was so experienced that she didn't feel the need to have a second nurse check the order with her...no one is that experienced and thing are always placed in the wrong place in the hospital that is why one must always read the label....

2341 days ago
47.

Adrienne    

wow, what a tragic mistake. I sure hope those babies pull through without any lasting side effects. 10-10,000 big mistake that happened to 13 patients? sad.

2341 days ago
48.

mike    

idiots that cause mistakes and death like this is why medical reform is doomed its because of the stupidity that must be insured.
i hope the kids and dennis make it through this and without the press

2341 days ago
49.

Rollando    

Oh oh! Problems at the start.

I pray for the new borns" for their quick recovery. Let's hope no long term damaged had happened.

The technician should be fired. The same for the nurse for not reading the label or not paying attention to the label on the medicine.

Dennis quaid and his wife should suit the hospital.

2341 days ago
50.

Adrienne    

Jennifer, that's just cold

2341 days ago
51.

Chimp    

Re: This is a common mistake due to similar labels.
Note to Pharm. Co: FIX THE SIMILAR LABEL PROBLEM! good grief. Maybe they'll take care of it now.

2341 days ago
52.

just my input    

God bless the whole family....I wish them all the best and a speedy recovery!

2341 days ago
53.

death on a cracker    

PAGING DOCTOR ADAMS.....DR ADAMS YOU ARE NEEDED BACK IN THE BABY UNIT FOR QUESTIONING.....

2341 days ago
54.

Lefty    

He was a really famous actor back in the 80's. I hope he sues their pants off! What a mean trick to play on a couple of babies...

2341 days ago
55.

just saying...    

Ugh.. .Jennifer.Bush... Should have known with that last name that you were clueless...
a)Meg Ryan cheated on Dennis with Russel Crowe. She broke up her marriage for him...
b) Wishing him ill to the point where HIS BABIES COULD DIE is appalling.
c) with thoughts like that you better watch out, because Karma is a bitch!

2341 days ago
56.

stopthepresses    

God Bless this family and please have mercy on these babies, and all the patients who got the wrong dose.

2341 days ago
57.

Alanna    

Kathy, 46 .... kudos to you. My sentiments exactly.

2341 days ago
58.

sickofu    

# 49- what an inflated pig you are- probably got left by your own partner and can't get anyone else to probe you. How on earth could you justify your comment?

2341 days ago
59.

Shitney, please drop of the face of the planet.    

THE NURSE DID NOT EVEN LOOK AT THE VIAL????? AT CEDARS-SINAI????? GEEZ!!!!!! THEY HAD THESE CHILDREN, WITH A SURROGATE TO BOOT, AND THIS HOSPITAL MIGHT HAVE KILLED THEM. WHAT A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY.

2341 days ago
60.

sickofu    

oopsie- i meant #48

2341 days ago
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