Thirteen-week-old Kevin Hernandez underwent colon surgery. After surgery, Kevin experienced chronic diarrhea and vomiting. He was taken to a hospital emergency department where he was diagnosed with dehydration. Kevin was treated over the next 23 hours by the administration of fluids. He was shortly thereafter discharged from the hospital.
Sadly, two days later, Kevin died of dehydration. He was survived by his parents and an older sibling.
Kevin’s mother, individually and on behalf of Kevin’s estate, sued the family physician, Reynaldo Caluag, M.D., who treated Kevin during his hospital stay. Dr. Caluag’s employer was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The complaint brought against the doctor and his employer alleged that Dr. Caluag chose not to properly treat Kevin for dehydration and instead discharged him prematurely without giving adequate home care instructions to his parents.