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Published March 07, 2012, 05:18 PM

Mother Who Lost Child Makes a Difference in Hospitals

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A mother who lost her baby daughter more than 10 years ago is trying to make a difference in hospitals across the United States, including Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A mother who lost her baby daughter more than 10 years ago is trying to make a difference in hospitals across the United States, including Grand Forks.

Little Josie King died from medical errors at a Baltimore hospital, and her mother wants to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to others.

Sorrel King lost her daughter, and today shared the story with doctors and nurses at Altru Health System.

Josie King suffered first and 2nd degree burns after climbing into a hot bath more than 10 years ago.

"She was in the hospital, I was the mother that thought I was doing everything right," King said.

The 18-month-old was healing at Johns Hopkins and within a couple weeks was ready to go home.

"I was asking questions, I expressed my concern. I knew she was getting dehydrated, I knew she shouldn't have been getting medication that she got," King said.

Just two days before the little one was going to be released, something happened that changed the lives of her family forever.

"My 18-month-old died from medical errors and there was a settlement and we took the money and created a foundation in her name called the Josie King Foundation," King said.

The foundation has inspired hospitals, including Altru Health System, to implement patient safety initiatives. One of the reasons King is speaking at the hospital today.

"The Josie King Foundation we're using some of those strategies," Altru Chief Operating Officer Brad Wehe said.

Communication is one of the main things Sorrel King wants doctors, nurses and patients to remember.

"My main message everywhere is the communication piece. Patients and families not being afraid to speak up and say, "Something's wrong, I need help," King said.

"Sorrel has totally inspired that I think nationwide, you never want those things to happen and you need to learn from them when they do happen," Wehe said.

If you would like to know more about the Kings and what they've gone through, Sorrel has also written a book called Josie's Story.

You can buy a book or donate to the Josie King Foundation which helps continue patient safety work around the country.

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