Losing a Child – My Story

Children are the most special part of life. Losing a child is something that few really understand. Even a brief life offers so much that is special.

Katie DesRochers

Katie was born with a congenital heart defect. When she was just five weeks of age, closed heart surgery was performed on her at ‘The Hospital for Sick Children’ in Toronto.

Prior to Katie’s surgery, she was required to undergo a heart (cardiac) catheterization to check for any conditions that might have increased the risk of problems during surgery.

(cardiac cath) — A cardiac cath or angiogram is a procedure that identifies possible problems with your heart or its arteries. During a cath, a thin plastic tube, called a catheter, is inserted into a blood vessel in your groin or arm. The catheter is guided up toward your heart. A special dye is injected into the catheter so X-rays can show if you have any artery blockage or other heart problems.

During the cardiac catheterization there was an accidental puncture to the heart.

The cardiologist who handled her catheterization failed to report this to the chief cardiologist. My daughter underwent heart surgery and she died on the operating table, as the result of negligent conduct by a physician.

We did not sue the doctor for malpractice. All the money in the world won’t bring my baby back. There have been two other cases that I know of, which involved these same doctor’s.

I have learned to accept my daughter’s death. I miss her so much. This is something that these doctors will forever have to live with. They took a life, my daughter’s life.

Rose DesRochers

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