68-year old grandfather, William Hannah, has died after Salford Royal Hospital in the U.K. mistakingly filled his lungs with cleaning detergent instead of saline.
The Hannah family’s lawyer told PEOPLE,
During the procedure the doctor found there was no saline solution in the equipment trolley and so asked a healthcare assistant to pass this to him. However, the assistant became confused and instead of providing the doctor with the requested saline, accidentally handed him an unlabelled bottle containing detergent that they had prepared for cleaning equipment. The doctor then unknowingly used the cleaning solution to wash-out William’s lung.
Following an internal investigation into the wrongful death, the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust concluded that the hospital did not deliver the “high standard of care” and offered its apologies to the family.
Hearings for the case begin in February 2019. SMH, so sad.