Death of Son, Leads to New Foundation and Future Children's Hospital
Sebastian Ferraro died last October at Shands Hospital. The hospital soon claimed responsibility. Now his parents are honoring their son by helping other children.
The loss of their three-year-old son also meant the loss of their faith in the medical establishment.
Hi mother Luisa explains, "It's hard not to trust because if you take your child for any medical problem you have to trust doctors and nurses."
The Ferrero's thought it was supposed to be a routine test to check for any deficiencies in Sebastian's height. Luisa and Horst brought him to Shand's where he was administered the growth hormone arginine. In small doses the drug reveals whether a child will be irregularly small.
But sebastian was given more than ten times the prescribed dosage. Days later he was dead. Education and awareness they say is key for parents.
"It's important to follow your instinct if you see that something is not going right," says Horst Ferrero, Sebastian's father.
Now the Ferrero's have started a foundation in Sebastian's name with the hope that no other child will suffer their sons fate. Their ultimate goal: a hospital just for children.
"A children's hospital in Gainesville so that kids would have the medical care they deserve and that Sebastian deserved as well," says Luisa.
Shand's hospital claimed responsibility for the mistake, as result the foundation is looking to create a unique facility just for pediatrics. The response from the community so far, they say, has been positive.
Nothing will return their son to them, but the Ferror's find inspiration in his memory. Prevention is now the cure.
"We want for this tragedy to serve as a catalyst for a profound change," concludes Horst.
The Ferrero's have been working with Shands to create safety programs as a preventative measure for children who are administered medications. The hospital they hope will be built in 5 years.
To contact the foundation through their website: www.sebastianferrero.org or you can email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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