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8-Year-Old Is Rushed To ER When School Nurse Gives Her Wrong Medication And Mom Wants Answers

by Emerald Pellot
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A Commerce City, Colorado, mom is threatening to sue her 8-year-old daughter’s school in her search for answers.

Monique Marquez’s daughter, Alina Hernandez, used to have seizures 40 times a day. She was diagnosed with epilepsy at 3 months old.

“She’ll have full-blown [episodes], where she shakes — her eyes roll back. She’ll have one where she just kind of stares off,” Monique explained.

Now, thanks to the medication Banzel, they rarely occur. But Alina still requires multiple doses of the treatment each day. Her school nurse is tasked with administering the medication during school hours.

One morning, a substitute nurse was filling in. Monique said she received a phone call from the school saying Alina had been given the incorrect seizure medication.

“They called me around 10:30 a.m., letting me know that my daughter was complaining that she wasn’t feeling good and that they’re pretty sure the nurse — the sub nurse — gave my daughter somebody else’s medication,” Monique said.

Alina needed to be rushed to the emergency room.

“Slurring her words — she was just kind of gone,” her mom recalled. “She was talking to me, but it was, like, really slow.”

All the mother wanted afterward was answers. After the school wouldn’t provide them, she hired a lawyer.

“I feel like I really wasn’t going to take it this far. I just wanted answers. I wanted to press charges against her,” Monique said, adding:

“I wanted her name. I just wanted to know what’s going to happen to this lady. Is she able to serve medications again? Is this gonna happen to another child?”

Monique’s attorney, Igor Raykin, continued, “What the mother is seeking here is the repayment of her bills that she’s incurred for her daughter going to the emergency room.” He also mentioned that they are concerned with what steps the school will take in the future to ensure that Alina remains safe.

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