2 children die after tonsil, adenoid surgeries at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton – CBC

Hospital halting such procedures unless an emergency as it does ‘comprehensive review’

Jun 05, 2024

Two children have died after tonsil and/or adenoid surgery at McMaster Children’s Hospital, the Hamilton hospital said Wednesday, adding it’s pausing such procedures as a precaution while doing a “comprehensive” review.

In an afternoon news release, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), which operates McMaster Children’s Hospital, said, “one child passed away the day after their surgery and the second child passed away nine days after their initial surgery. We want to extend our deepest condolences to these families.”

The release said the hospital “has paused scheduled tonsil and adenoid surgical procedures for patients under the age of 18 … out of an abundance of caution.”

HHS declined an interview but told CBC Hamilton in an email that one child died in May and the other this month.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/tonsil-adenoid-surgery-deaths-hamilton-1.7225499

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