Hospital accident, not cancer, causes student death

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Forest Hills seventh-grade student believed to have passed away from cancer actually died from a treatment-related accident at Spectrum Health hospital, according to the girl’s death certificate.

Quiniece Henry was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a non-Hodgkins cancer, but the death certificate shows she died from a perforation to a chamber of her heart after complications with an intravascular line, meaning someone punctured her heart with an I-V line.

The Kent County Medical Examiner, Dr. Stephen Cohle, wrote that the “right atrium perforated from placement of intravascular line” and the death was ruled as accidental. Cohle determined the accident happened on February 8, two days after she was diagnosed with cancer.

The death certificate does not state who placed the intravascular line in Henry, but the incident happened at 100 Michigan Street, which is DeVos Children’s Hospital and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

Henry died February 13.

Friday afternoon, Spectrum Health released the following statement regarding Henry’s death:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Patients and their families come to our hospital for care and the best possible outcome. Everyone at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is devoted to ensuring a safe, quality environment for each and every child. It is terribly tragic when we lose a patient, particularly a child. We are in the midst of a thorough investigation of what happened and are sharing information with the family. We are unable to comment further at this time, out of respect for the family and to complete our internal review.”

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