UPDATE: City of Rexburg Settles With Family, Creates New Policy, in Wake of Incident Where Newborn Was Severely Burned 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 3, 8:46 a.m.

Attorneys won't say how much money changed hands, but city of Rexburg officials confirmed they have settled a lawsuit with a local family that said a paramedic burned their newborn daughter.

The case involved an August 2014 incident in which a Madison County Fire Department paramedic applied a Rapid Heat bag on top of a blanket covering the newborn, who was showing signs of distress soon after birth. The parents said the baby suffered second-degree burns, requiring months of intensive care.

The Idaho State Journal reports that, while the city of Rexburg would not comment on all the terms of the settlement, officials did announce the Madison County Fire Department has since discarded its Rapid Heat bags and the city instituted what it is calling the "Londyn Porter Policy," named for the child. 

“The policy will require that all fire department personnel be trained in the uses of heat packs and use them in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications to ensure safe application and zero injury,” both the parents of Londyn Porter and the city stated in a joint press release.

ORIGINAL POST: October 25, 2016

The mayor of Rexburg concedes "an unfortunate accident occurred" in August 2014 when heat packs applied by a paramedic burned a newborn baby, adding "we are sorry it happened," but an Idaho family is moving forward with its lawsuit against the city. 

KIDK-TV reports
 both the city of Rexburg and paramedic are being sued for gross negligence.

Court records indicate two ambulances were dispatched to the Rexburg home of Michael and Jenise Porter on Aug. 12, 2014, as Jenise was going into labor. Records also show the newborn showed signs of distress, prompting a Madison County Fire Department paramedic to cover the baby girl in foil wrap, blankets and heat packs before rushing to Madison Memorial Hospital. The Porters say their newborn sustained second-degree burns, requiring intensive care treatment for 24 weeks.

KIDK-TV reports, according to the paramedic's court affidavit, he was following protocol and the heat packs were never applied to the baby's skin. Meanwhile, Rexburg city officials said they're fighting the lawsuit, arguing the first responder's actions "were within the standard of care."

A court hearing is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 15.
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