Cyberattack on Hospital in US Causes Death of Baby Girl, Lawsuit Claims
The lawsuit by Teiranni Kidd, the baby’s mother, also adds the Springhill Medical Centre didn’t inform her that the servers were down due to the cyberattack. The incident took place in July 2019, but the baby passed away in April 2020. Kidd initially sued the hospital in January 2020, then amended the lawsuit after her daughter died. The lawsuit alleges, “On July 9, 2019, Springhil Memorial Hospital suffered a serious ransomware attack that blocked and encrypted the hospital’s computer systems, network systems, and data. On the same day, Springhill Memorial Hospital told media outlets that it experienced a ‘network event’ but that the issue ‘has not affected patient care.”
Kidd claims the hospital missed key tests when she arrived to deliver the baby. The tests would have shown that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, leading to brain damage and death nine months later. The lawsuit also notes that had Kidd been informed about the cyberattack, she would have chosen to deliver her baby elsewhere.
The case ‘TEIRANNI KIDD v SPRINGHILL HOSPITALS’ also highlights the first incident of death due to a cyberattack. Previously, the death of a patient following a ransomware attack on a hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, in September 2020 was considered to be the first death case due to a ransomware attack.