"We are deeply sorry for the loss the Cabe family is experiencing. This is a sad reminder that MRSA is a significant concern for health care providers and is particularly problematic for patients who are already compromised by a serious illness. Like hospitals around the country, Memorial is involved in and committed to an intensive program to effectively curb MRSA."

Cronin said this is the first case he's dealt with involving an infected IV and Memorial Hospital. He said he's aware of other cases involving infections, but he didn't have additional information on them.

The family said Theressa Cabe had a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and she had been in remission from leukemia for more than a year. But attorneys said those conditions had nothing to do with her death.