No One is Immune to Medical Errors
Mother of Leah Coufal.
Agoura Hills, CA—Ten years ago, Lenore Alexander’s 11-year-old daughter, Leah Coufal, underwent elective surgery to correct pectus carinatum at a prestigious Southern California hospital. Though the surgery went well, Lenore awoke at 2 a.m. on the second post-operative night to find Leah “dead in bed,” a victim of undetected respiratory arrest, caused by the narcotics that were intended to ease her pain.
If Leah had been monitored continuously after the surgery, staff would have been alerted and Leah would probably have been rescued. Now ten years later, with the standard of care unchanged, Lenore Alexander has founded LeahsLegacy.
LeahsLegacy is not-for profit organization working to achieve zero preventable deaths from medical error though prevention, education and advocacy, and to make continuous postoperative monitoring the law. Leah’s Law.