Hospital Responds to Lawsuit

A hos­pi­tal is respond­ing to alle­ga­tions in a law­suit that they didn’t take proper pre­cau­tions in the death of a Lake County child. The par­ents of Ryland Joseph are suing the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Regents over their son’s death at Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco Med­ical Cen­ter. The Josephs allege the hos­pi­tal knew that bac­te­ria caus­ing legionnaire’s dis­ease was in its plumb­ing sys­tem. The hospital’s response to the suit states that it “exer­cised rea­son­able dili­gence at all times.” They also say that the child’s death was “the nat­ural course” of his con­di­tion or “the nat­ural or expected” result of rea­son­able treat­ment ren­dered for his dis­ease. Ryland con­tracted legionnaire’s dis­ease at the hos­pi­tal a few weeks after he’d under­gone a bone mar­row transplant.