Tallahassee Family Receives $8 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

By: Ivette Marques
By: Ivette Marques

Attorneys say eight-year old Chase Fitchner suffered from a genetic disorder.

The boy received a blood transfusion tainted with the West Nile Virus during treatment at a Gainesville hospital.

The family then sued Lifesouth Community Blood Centers, claiming the blood center did not follow proper procedure during the blood screening with Fitchner's donor.

The verdict in the family's favor was $8 million.

Rhonda Bennett, the family attorney, said, "They were in the hospital for six months during this two-year period. He had gotten severe brain damage and went into a comma and suffered for two years before he finally died on July 8, 2004."

Bennet says the family lost everything caring for their son and plan to start a foundation to help other families going through similar situations.


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