Bay Area family seeks $23 million from UCSF, alleging medical staff tore a hole in their child’s heart

San Francisco Superior Court officials set a trial date for a legal case in which the mother of a 6-year-old boy claimed that UCSF medical staff tore a hole in her son’s heart — leaving him permanently brain-damaged and in need of 24-hour care.

The boy, Damon Davila, was 13 months old when he was taken into treatment at UCSF for what his mother, Kim Melville, 44, thought was a cold but was in fact a lung infection that rapidly worsened, Melville said.

UCSF medical staff placed a thin tube, called a cannula, to allow his lungs to rest, according to the trial brief shared by Davila’s lawyer Moseley Collins.

Davila’s family, who live in Santa Rosa, claims that the medical team’s failure to properly secure the cannula during a procedure cauesd it to pierce Davila’s heart, which led to a cardiac arrest and a code blue — a life-threatening event requiring resuscitation — for 57 minutes.

The result was a catastrophic brain injury that has left Davila with permanent brain, heart, and lung damage, as well as quadriparetic cerebral palsy, according to the brief.