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Children’s Hospital Colorado resolves $25 million civil claim in Olivia Gant’s death

A family’s $25 million civil claim against Children’s Hospital Colorado for the hospital’s alleged missteps when treating 7-year-old Olivia Gant has been “resolved,” those involved said this week.

Olivia Gant, who was a longtime patient at the Aurora hospital, died in 2017 of suspected medical abuse. Investigators believe Olivia’s mother, Kelly Turner, faked her daughter’s illnesses and convinced doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado to perform unnecessary medical procedures for years, ultimately leading to Olivia’s death.

Turner is charged with first-degree murder in her daughter’s death.

A Denver Post investigation this spring found that some doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital Colorado suspected Turner might be abusing her daughter, but the hospital did not report the providers’ concerns to the Department of Human Services, and instead relied on an internal team to review the suspicions. The hospital ultimately concluded there was no need to alert outside authorities and allowed Olivia’s mother to stop the girl’s nutrition and take her to hospice.

Some of Olivia’s surviving family members sought $25 million from the hospital, according to a notice to sue filed in 2020.

“Conduct by the Hospital and Providers was not only negligent, but a continued pattern of systemic, horrific medical torture over five years that shocks every conscience,” the notice read.

The hospital has denied wrongdoing.

On Wednesday, those involved in the case said they couldn’t comment on the details of the resolution. Elizabeth Whitehead, a spokeswoman for the hospital, did not answer questions about when the resolution was reached or its terms.

“All that we can share is that the case has been resolved,” she said Wednesday.

“The matter has been resolved,” said attorney Hollynd Hoskins, who represented the family.

“The matter has now been resolved,” said attorney Craig Silverman, who was a personal representative for Olivia’s estate.

The identical responses are indicative of a confidentiality agreement that bars those involved from publicly discussing the details of a settlement.

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