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June 25, 2014

Chris Jerry to speak at Lake Erie College

Chris Jerry, father of a young girl who was killed by a medical error, will be speaking at Lake Erie College on Tuesday, July 8 at 11 a.m. Title of his lecture is "The Emily Jerry Story: One Life is Too Many." It is made possible by the master of physician assistant studies program at Lake Erie College.

Emily Jerry was two years old when she died on March 1, 2006 as a result of an overdose of sodium chloride that was administered in what was to have been her last session of chemotherapy. Emily had been diagnosed with a yolk sac tumor when she was about a year and a half old and, after six months of treatment, was due to be declared cancer-free after just one more chemo session.

For the session, a pharmacy technician had filled a plastic bag with a concentrated sodium chloride solution of 23-4% instead of using a standard prepared bag of sodium chloride solution, containing less than 1% of sodium chloride solution. This was a fatal dose for Emily, who wound up brain dead and on life support before her tragic death.

Since this tragic accident, Emily's parents, Chris and Kelly Jerry, have become advocates for patient safety. Chris lectures around the country on this topic, and Kelly worked to assure the passage of Emily's Law, which was signed by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland on Jan. 7, 2009. The primary provisions of Emily's Law require that pharmacy technicians be at least 18 years of age, register with the State Board of Pharmacy and pass a Board-approved competency exam. The legislation also includes specific provisions related to technician training and education, criminal records and approved disciplinary actions.

Chris Jerry has established the Emily Jerry Foundation, which advocates around the United States for patient safety. The mission of the Emily Jerry Foundation is to make the nation's world-renowned medical facilities safer for everyone, beginning with children.

The lecture on July 8 will take place at 11 a.m. in the Helen Rockwell Morley Memorial Music Building on the Lake Erie College campus. It is free and open to the public, although attendees must register ahead by emailing Kelly Florentine at

For further information, contact Kelly Florentine at 440.375.7157.

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