Board Suspends Nurse Charged in Death of Patient

State regulators today issued a 9-month suspension for a nurse charged in a drug mixup that led to the death of a 16-year-old girl giving birth.

The Board of Nursing says Julie Thao of Belleville will face strict limitations for 2 years if she ever returns to nursing. Thao was a registered nurse at Saint Mary's in Madison.

The board criticized Thao for ignoring safety measures before she mistakenly gave Jasmine Gant the wrong medication while she was giving birth last July.

Gant had a seizure and died as a result of the dose of epidural, a potent pain reliever. Her baby survived.

Thao is charged with neglect of a patient causing great bodily harm. The prosecution has drawn criticism from groups representing health care professionals who say they should not be charged for unintentional mistakes.


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