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INDIANAPOLIS, Oct 17, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- An Indianapolis woman is unable to move her legs after being given a 10-hour dose of intravenous epidural anesthetic in just one hour.

Amber Baise, 18, entered Methodist Hospital on Oct. 8 to give birth to her first child and a doctor hooked her up for an epidural, which is a regional anesthetic. Instead of programming the drip rate for 10 hours, the unidentified doctor punched in just one hour, the Indianapolis Star reported.

While Baise went on to deliver a healthy daughter, she was paralyzed from the waist down after the birth and has only regained the ability to move her toes, the newspaper said.

"To the best of our knowledge, we believe that human error entered into the equation," Bill Stephan, senior vice president for corporate communications at Clarian Health Partners, which runs the hospital, told the Star.

Last month, three premature infants died in the hospital's neo-natal unit after being given overdoses of the blood thinner heparin.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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