Fire Team Responsible for the Deaths of Infants from Heart Surgery


Target: CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center, David Carbone

Goal: Demand CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center and heart surgery staff to resign due to high infant mortality rate.

An investigation conducted by the CNN news team found a high infant mortality rate at the St. Mary’s Medical Center in Florida, where eight infants who had heart surgery performed on them subsequently died or suffered from life long disabilities. The investigation has captured media attention and has sparked outrage from the public and the medical community. Sign this petition and tell CEO David Carbone and the medical staff to resign immediately to prevent future infant deaths.

Some of the facts and stories uncovered by CNN show the horrifying statistics of these week-old infants who had heart surgery performed on them. The news team, led by Elizabeth Cohen, found that St. Mary’s had triple the infant death rate of the national average in 2011-12 when performing heart surgeries. The news team also found out that Dr. Michael Black, the surgeon who operated on these infants, lacked the proper experience to perform heart surgeries.

After the death of the sixth baby following heart surgery, Carbone agreed to have an evaluation conducted. Independent doctors arrived to assess the skills of the medical staff and found it be severely lacking. On average, most hospitals that have a heart surgery program in the United States perform at least 100 surgeries in a year. St. Mary’s only conducted 23. This fact was heavily focused on by the independent doctors, citing this to be one of their primary reasons for why the hospital should discontinue performing heart surgeries. Carbone disregarded that advice and allowed doctors to continue performing surgeries.

It is obvious that St. Mary’s Medical Center has staff that are disregarding the advice of other doctors. The center is turning a blind eye towards the high infant mortality rate and is continuing with its heart surgery program. This is unacceptable. Tell David Carbone and the medical staff responsible for the deaths of these babies to resign immediately.


Dear CEO David Carbone,

I am absolutely infuriated at the high infant mortality rate at your hospitals. You agreed to have an independent evaluation conducted in your hospital to assess the quality and skills of your medical staff. This review found your heart surgery program to be severely lacking, and the reviewers suggested that your hospital discontinue all heart surgeries. You did not heed this advice and allowed Dr. Michael Black to operate on infants. This is absolutely shameful and unethical.

Can you imagine the pain and suffering these parents are going through? It is unbearable for them, and it will stay with them for the rest of their lives. I do not feel like you and the medical staff responsible for these deaths should continue your medical practice. I demand that you and the medical staff involved in these surgeries resign from your positions immediately. You are obviously not qualified to work in this industry, especially when you continue to allow risky surgeries to be performed when you and your staff have been advised to discontinue such operations.


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