- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The parents of a Big Sky boy say incorrect autopsy results led to an unnecessary and painful investigation into the cause of their 6-year-old son’s death.

Harbor deWaard died on Jan. 12 after collapsing at his father’s home. He had been diagnosed with croup and physicians at St. Vincent Hospital said he died of complications from a respiratory virus.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/1IXaEh1) an autopsy by Dr. Thomas Bennett determined the boy died of accidental head trauma.

When investigators could find no evidence of injury, the coroner asked the state’s medical examiners to review the case. They determined Harbor died of parainfluenza and what appeared to be brain injuries were the effects of being kept on life support so he could donate his organs.


Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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