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One of the nation's top children's hospitals has closed all of its operating theaters amid a months-long mold outbreak that has killed one patient and sickened five.
Seattle Children's Hospital has contacted the families of at least 3,000 children who recently had surgeries in the affected rooms, and they may need to be monitored for infections.
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It comes months after a patient at the hospital died from an infection caused by the same mold, Aspergillus.
Today, a hospital spokesperson confirmed that all 14 operating rooms were closed in mid-May, and operations are being conducted in other parts of the hospital, or being transferred to another campus.
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One mother, whose son had sinus surgery at the hospital in April, says officials have refused to confirm or deny whether he was in an affected room, saying only that his surgery didn't sound too serious and she should not worry.
'He gets sick all the time... I get they have a lot of patients, but, I care about my kid,' Jodie Puppe, mother of 11-year-old Ryan, told Q13 Fox.
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Puppe says her son's surgery took four-and-a-half hours, rather than the scheduled two, and he has struggled with sinus infections since.
She heard the news about Aspergillus in the hospital, and called the hotline that patients had been encouraged...
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