November 21, 2007 04:39:10 GMT
Dennis Quaid's newborn twins have been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital's intensive care unit after reportedly given a drug overdose.
The good news turns to bad. Dennis Quaid is facing the toughest role off screen when his fatherly instinct is tested with the hospitalization of his newborn twins, his children with wife Kimberly Buffington, reportedly due to accidental medication overdose.
The twin babies, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday November 18th, fighting for their lives after being inadvertently overdosed, TMZ.com reported.
TMZ, moreover, quoted sources as saying that the babies "were accidentally given a massive dose of Heparin, an anti-coagulant." Normally babies will get 10 units of the drug, which is used to flush out IV lines and prevent blood clots, but each of the celebrity's babies is said to be mistakenly given 10,000 units with one dose was given on Sunday morning and the other on Sunday evening.
As of late Sunday night TMZ was told that both babies started to "bleed out" because their blood's ability to clot was compromised, and they were admitted to intensive care and given Protamine sulfate, which is used to treat heparin overdoses.
They are now said to be in stable condition.
And while report on the twins hospitalization has been all over the net, there comes an update that claims there have been thirteen other patients at Cedars that were mistakenly given the overdose of Heparin. The hospital has yet to release any comment though.
Declined to give further explanation, Quaid's representative, Cara Tripicchio, said in a statement "Dennis and Kimberly appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers and hope they can maintain their privacy at this difficult time."
Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace were born on November 8th in Santa Monica, California, via a surrogate mother, a woman who carries another couple's baby conceived by the parents' own egg and sperm. The babies are the actor's second and third children. He has had one son, Jack Henry Quaid, from his previous marriage to actress Meg Ryan.