Duke reaches settlement with Jesica Santillan's family; terms sealed.
Duke University Health System has reached a settlement with the family of Jesica Santillan Jesica Santillan (December 26, 1985 - February 22, 2003) was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who entered the United States to obtain medical treatment, but died after an organ transplant operation in which she received the heart and lungs of a patient whose blood type did not , the Mexican teenager who died on February 22, 2003 after receiving a mismatched blood type heart-lung transplant The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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Duke pediatric pediatric /pe·di·at·ric/ (pe?de-at´rik) pertaining to the health of children.
Of or relating to pediatrics. transplant surgeon James Jaggers, MD, who had know Jesica for 2 years and performed the transplant, took full responsibility for accepting the mismatched organs.
The terms of the settlement were sealed but included an agreement that neither the hospital nor the family is allowed to comment. Jesica's mother Magdalena did not file a lawsuit saying she did not want to relive re·live
v. re·lived, re·liv·ing, re·lives
To undergo or experience again, especially in the imagination.
To live again. the ordeal ordeal, ancient legal custom whereby an accused person was required to perform a test, the outcome of which decided the person's guilt or innocence. By an ordeal, appeal was made to divine authority to decide the guilt or innocence of one accused of a crime or to in a courtroom.
Duke offered a settlement immediately following the death which would have established a $4 million health care fund in Jesica's name for treating Hispanic children but the offer was rejected.
Lawyers for Duke continued to negotiate, however, and the end result was the agreement reached on June 30th.
William J. Fulkerson, MD, chief executive officer of Duke University Hospital, called the settlement "fair and equitable" for both sides.
Here is the full statement issued by Fulkerson:
"Duke University Health System and the family of Jesica Santillan have reached a settlement. Under order of the court, the agreement is sealed and neither Duke University and its representatives nor Ms. Santillan and hers are permitted to discuss the specifics of the agreement. We believe the agreement the court has approved is fair and equitable for both the Santillan family and for Duke.
"We mourn mourn
v. mourned, mourn·ing, mourns
1. To feel or express grief or sorrow. See Synonyms at grieve.
2. the death of Jesica Santillan and remain committed to learning from this tragedy to benefit others. Duke University Health System has established additional patient-safety programs to ensure that the procedural errors that occurred in this case cannot be repeated. Equally important, the safety of the nation's organ transplant organ transplant: see transplantation, medical. system has been significantly strengthened. All who will receive life-saving organ transplants in the future will benefit from these important changes."