The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

MANSFIELD (AP) — The parents of a brain-damaged baby have sued a hospital company and a regional health department, seeking damages for their son’s injuries.
Eighteen-month-old Aiden Stein has been on life support since March 15, 2004, when doctors said he suffered shaken-baby syndrome. He is blind and deaf and living on a ventilator and feeding tube at Akron Children’s Hospital.
His father, Matthew Stein, has been charged with felonious assault and child endangering. He is free on a $50,000 cash and personal recognizance bond. Stein has denied harming his son.
In a civil lawsuit filed Friday in Richland County Common Pleas Court, Stein and the boy’s mother, Arica Heimlich, allege that their son was injured because of negligence by MedCentral Health System, which operates Mansfield Hospital, and the Mansfield-Ontario-Richland County Health Department.
Stein and Heimlich, both 22, of Mansfield, are seeking more than $25,000 in compensatory damages for emotional distress and medical expenses. The lawsuit says the health department and MedCentral provided medical care to Aiden at various times in 2003 and 2004.
“We are unaware of any negligence with this patient,” said MedCentral spokeswoman Cindy Jakubick.
“I don’t know how the health department is involved with this,” said Health Commissioner Stan Saalman.
Heimlich’s attorney, Ed Markovich, disputes the shaken-baby diagnosis.
“It’s a theory that has outlived its usefulness,” he said. “It’s without a reputable, scientific foundation.”
Stein’s attorney, Kenneth Boggs, did not return a call seeking comment.
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