KSTP Year in Review: Top 5 Medical Stories in 2017

December 27, 2017 04:34 PM

The video above aired on Mother's Day and tells the story of mother who gave a bone marrow donation to help generate new skin growth for her son who has a rare skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB.


From a mother's life-changing gift to her son to a measles outbreak, here are the top five medical stories on KSTP in 2017.

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1. Family of Stillborn Baby Whose Body was Tossed Out in Laundry Sues Regions

  • The family of a baby stillborn at Regions Hospital in St. Paul in April 2013 have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in October in Ramsey County alleging hospital personnel promised to cremate the baby but instead threw out the body with dirty laundry. The lawsuit claims the hospitals' actions caused family members to endure mental pain and suffering. It is seeking damages in an amount far in excess of $50,000 for each of the individual family members named as plaintiffs.

2. Family of Woman who Died after Childbirth Gets $20M in Malpractice Suit

  • The family of a woman who died six days after childbirth in 2013 was awarded $20 million by a Hennepin County jury in August. Nicole Bermingham died of sepsis Aug. 26, 2013, six days after giving birth to her first child at Abbott Northwestern, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed in January 2016, described a difficult delivery following a 20-hour labor on Aug. 20.

3. Measles Spreads to Stearns County; Outbreak Surpasses 20-Year Record

  • The state of Minnesota experienced its highest measles outbreak since 1990, when 460 people were sick and three died. In 2017, 79 people were sickened. The state's health department declared the measles outbreak was over on Aug. 25. 

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4. Multiple Students Have Norovirus Symptoms at Cherry View Elementary

  • Multiple students were sick on a November day at Cherry View Elementary School in Lakeville. The cause was a norovirus, and the school said it took precautions by eliminating self-served food and increased sanitizing by custodial staff.

5. A Medical Breakthrough and a Mother's Devotion Give Teen Hope of a Better Life

  • Johnathan Pitre has a rare skin disorder known as Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB. The problem: his body is not producing an essential protein known as collagen that would hold the layers of his skin together. Pitre's mother, Tina Boileau, donated blood and bone marrow to her son. Later, if the transplant works, patches of her skin will also be used to generate new skin growth on Jonathan.

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