$1.3 million settlement in infant death at Tripler

$1.3 million settlement in infant death at Tripler

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. government is settling a medical malpractice suit involving the death of an infant at a Hawaii military hospital for $1.3 million.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry Yee announced the amount in federal court in Honolulu on Monday.

The parents of Rachael Reynolds sued the government after the 4-month-old died at Tripler Army Medical Center in 2012. The lawsuit says the baby went to the emergency room after several days of labored breathing and an upper respiratory infection. The lawsuit says the hospital's negligence included an oxygen mask that didn't fit properly.

Rachael's parents took her off life support after being told she would have irreversible brain damage. She died in her parents' arms.

The settlement will be paid to the family after final approval from the Justice Department.

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