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2 children die after tonsil, adenoid surgeries at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton

Two children have died after tonsil and/or adenoid surgery at McMaster Children’s Hospital, the Hamilton hospital said Wednesday, adding that it is pausing such procedures as a precaution while a “complete” review is conducted.

In an afternoon news release, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), which operates McMaster Children’s Hospital, said: “One child died the day after his surgery and the second child died nine days after his initial surgery. We want to extend “Our deepest support. Our deepest condolences to these families.”

The statement said the hospital “has suspended scheduled tonsil and adenoid surgical procedures for patients under the age of 18… out of an abundance of caution.”

The surgeries were suspended as of Tuesday, the hospital said, and “while there is no apparent connection between these two cases, we are also conducting a thorough review by outside subject matter experts of our pediatric program for surgeries.” tonsils and adenoids.

Patients and families can contact us with any questions.

The statement says emergency surgeries will be performed, along with all ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures for adults. The otorhinolaryngology clinic will also remain operational.

In response to an interview request, HHS spokesperson Wendy Stewart said, “We do not have anyone available for an interview this time.”

The hospital said in the statement that staff are communicating with patients and their families about their scheduled surgeries.

They are asking patients and families with questions to contact the HHS Patient Experience department at or 905-521-2100 ext. 75240.



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