First DCA Picks up Case of Tallahassee Boy who Died of Contaminated Blood

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

The case involving a Tallahassee boy who died in 2004 from contaminated blood was back before the First District Court of Appeals Wednesday.

Chase Fitchner of Tallahassee died in 2004 after receiving a blood transfusion tainted with the West Nile Virus during treatment at a Gainesville Hospital.

Local blood banks in Tallahassee say they make sure they take extra precautions to ensure something like this never happens here.

Michael Stiles who works as District Executive Director of the Southeastern Blood Center in Tallahassee says, "We try very carefully through not only the testing that we do, but also the questionnaire performed with each donor to make sure that this can't happen."

As for the case, the family was awarded eight million dollars in 2006, the 1st DCA reversed the decision in 2007 and now the case has been sent from the Supreme Court back to trial court.

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