Kentucky Children's Hospital Story Broke By WUKY Goes National

Aug 4, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky - The University of Kentucky is responding to a story aired on CNN about Kentucky Children's Hospital's  suspension its pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program. 

Waylon Rainey was born with a congenital heart defect. After receiving treatment at Kentucky Children's Hospital, he was referred to Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo courtesy Rainey family.
Waylon Rainey was born with a congenital heart defect. After receiving treatment at Kentucky Children's Hospital, he was referred to Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo courtesy Rainey family.

The CNN report includes interviews with the families of several babies who underwent heart surgeries at UK in 2012. Two of the babies, 6-month-olds Connor Wilson and Rayshawn Lewis-Smith, died while two others experienced complications. 

The University of Kentucky has responded with a statement, saying an internal review is "ongoing and is expected to be completed soon."

UK spokesperson Jay Blanton says, "We recognized that our pediatric heart program needed to be better and we stopped surgeries temporarily while we worked to make it better. That is what great hospitals do." 

Former WUKY reporter Brenna Angel, who broke the story last year, the Lexington Herald-Leader, and Attorney General Jack Conway have all requested mortality rate data, but the hospital has gone to court to keep the information private. 

WUKY continues to follow the story.