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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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76.

pray    

Pray for the family and the babies

Pray for those that are focusing on negative attention

May God Bless you all and soften your hearts

2467 days ago
77.

run away!    

Wow, this story convinces me even more that a large amount of nurses out there don't pay attention to what the hell they're doing. Often, they want to make small talk instead of doing their job.It's scary seeing how careless many of the people in the medical profession are becoming. I hope Quaid's twins pull through.

2467 days ago
78.

Tangie    

catindy23--You can't even spell. God help your patients! No wonder you all kill more and more people!

2467 days ago
79.

Stephanie    

This is so sad!!! It makes me angry too.

Doctors and nurses that make this type of mistake should be prosecuted for negligence. They have a responsibility to check each dose of medicine they administer. There is no excuse for this type of mistake because it is completely preventable.

I pray (in Jesus name) for the twins complete and speedy recovery. amen

2467 days ago
80.

whoop    

THAT DAMN FRIGGIN NURSE SHOULD HAVE CHECKED THE LABEL......THE RESPONSIBILITY LIES ON THE NURSE AND HER ONLY!!!!!!!!!! HER LICENSE TO PRACTICE NEEDS TO BE REVOKED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2467 days ago
81.

Melanie    

In response to this comment:

"Nurses and Doctors nowadays only care about a paycheck. They have no real regard for human life. I hope they all lose their jobs, and go to prison!"
Posted at 2:00PM on Nov 20th 2007 by Bam Bam

As a person who is about to graduate from nursing school and enter the nursing profession, I find it incredibly ignorant of someone to make a comment like that. Most people who enter the nursing profession are not "after a paycheck" and "have no regard for human life." Those of us who want to become nurses or already are, are in this profession because caring for someone who is sick or saving someones life is an extremely rewarding experience. What happened with these babies is an incredibly sad story and this particular nurse made a horrible mistake which these babies are now paying the price for. From the first day of nursing school, the first thing they teach us is to check that you're adminstering medication to the right patient, ensuring its the right dose, the right medication, the right time, and through the right route. Clearly this nurse did not check these things before administering the medication. It's an unfortunate situation and my thoughts and prayers go out to the babies and their family.

2467 days ago
82.

whoop    

Nurses are taught the 5 rights to administering drugs......right dose, right patient, right time, right route, right med. STUPID !!!!

2467 days ago
83.

Nurse in Texas    

This is such a horrible situation! I read in the story that the tech had put the Heparin in the wrong place? As far as the babies getting the wrong dosage, that is absolutely on the nurse! You are ALWAYS to check medication TWICE before administering it....You NEVER EVER just "assume" it's the correct medication and or dosage...May God be with these babies...

2467 days ago
84.

donnasueq    

Dennis, May God Almighty bless those tiny babies.

2467 days ago
85.

whoop    

I sure hope the babies pull through. Meanwhile fire that damn nurse !!!!

2467 days ago
86.

Amneris    

wow omg!!! i dont know what i would do if those were my babies i think i would die.
i can imagine how they are feeling right now but God is the best person that can decide if the babies are going to be all right pray to him and he'll be there.

Wish them the best and hope everything goes well
Best Regards,
Amneris

2467 days ago
87.

Allen    

I don't know what you people are smoking, but Post #9 does not mention anything about race. I do hope all the best for Dennis and his family. This is an awful, awful thing for anyone to go through. Hope everything turns out OK.

2467 days ago
88.

Chel    

I wonder who gets the blame for this? The technician placing it incorrectly on the shelf or the nurse for not reading the label. I would hope both.

2467 days ago
89.

Stephanie    

My prayers are with the other patients that received the incorrect medicine or dosage too.......

2467 days ago
90.

Fly on The Wall    

Why is it everytime I am #1 post harv removes it. He censures me then I repost it and then it stays. Harv WTF?



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