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UPPER FRUITLAND, N.M. – A mother in New Mexico is furious after she says a nurse’s carelessness caused her son to suffer permanent damage.

“I don’t think that should have even happened,” Erica Hogue told KOB.

Hogue was forced to undergo an emergency cesarean section at UNM Hospital when she was just 29 weeks pregnant with twins.

One of the boys was healthy, but the other continues to fight for his life.

“They told us they couldn’t let him go because he got a stage-2 brain bleed,” Hogue said.

Doctors told the family that the little boy, named Davante, would have to undergo continuous intubation, a tracheotomy and g-tube surgery.

In addition to the bleeding in the baby’s head, doctors also discovered a hole in Davante’s heart.

“Whatever it was, we would fight beside him,” Hogue explained. “We were going to take our son whatever way he came to us.”

Experts warned that Davante may never walk, talk, see or hear.

Hogue says they were prepared for Davante’s struggles, but they never imagined that he would experience more pain because of a careless act.

“He had an IV placed in his foot and the nurse that was taking care of him was cutting away the tape and cut off his toe,” Hogue told KOB. “The orthopedic surgeon came up and stitched all the way around his toe, placed him in a leg cast.”

Doctors say circulation could not be restored, so Davante was forced to lose his pinky toe.

“It just makes me angry that something like this could happen,” she said.

She says the hospital apologized, but said the only thing they knew to do differently was to use a different tape.

The hospital is not able to comment on specific incidents involving patients.

Hogue says that she and her husband are considering legal action.

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