ALBANY, N.Y. — A doctor mistakenly injected a drug into a pregnant 21-year-old cancer patient, paralyzing the woman from the neck down and threatening her life, Albany Medical Center Hospital officials said today.
The woman, whose name is being withheld, was conscious but in critical condition today. Doctors said her chances for survival are slim.
Hospital President Michael Vanko said the woman is 5 1/2 months pregnant. He said the drug has not affected development of the fetus. Other officials said it is possible the fetus could still be delivered if the woman lives for several more weeks.
Vanko said the resident doctor misread the label on a syringe and accidentally injected the drug.
A similar hospital mistake in Miami this week resulted in the death of photographer Bob East, 64, who was accidentally given an injection of a formaldehyde-like chemical.