Seattle hospital to reopen all operating rooms after mold outbreak that killed 1

Mail Online | 7/4/2019 | Reporter
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Seattle Children's Hospital is reopening all of its 14 operating rooms that were shuttered after a devastating mold infestation killed one patient and sickened five.

Officials insist the spaces are safe to use with new air vents fitted that are free of Aspergillus.


However, some families say they have not been informed whether they were affected or not.

The mold was first spotted a year ago, though the operating rooms weren't closed until mid-May, when the scale of infections started rising.

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During the eight-week-long clean-up, doctors were forced to perform operations in other parts of the hospital to avoid deadly infections.

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.

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'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.

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.

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She heard the news about Aspergillus in the hospital, and called the hotline that patients had been encouraged to call....
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