A New Jersey woman has become the latest mother to sue Abbott Laboratories, blaming the baby formula maker for the untimely death of her baby last year.
Nicole Cresap, whose baby girl died in December, is suing Abbott Labs in the US District Court in Chicago – home to the company’s nutritional products division – over the company’s claim that its Similac baby formula was safe for premature babies.
The suit claims that the company’s products could cause a bacterial disease – necrotizing enterocolitis – which is fatal in newborn babies, according to a report.
Cresap’s daughter, Kennedy Hayes, was placed in neonatal care at Morristown Medical Center in late December last year.
The baby, who weighed one pound and nine ounces, was first placed on a combination of breast milk and formula, according to the report.
In February, she was fed Similac Special Care 24 High Protein and 30 High Protein. A month later, the baby was diagnosed with NEC, a gastrointestinal disorder, and underwent surgery to remove her intestines, but suffered multi-system organ failure and cardiac arrest which led to her dead, the suit says.
There are 16 lawsuits against Abbott across the country, according to the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
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