Two hospitals allegedly failed to provide proper treatment to a pregnant mother. Her unborn son allegedly sustained severe lifelong injuries that prevent him from being able to stand, crawl or walk.
According to the information filed in this court case, the defendants allegedly failed to provide prudent and proper medical care to the pregnant plaintiff and in failing to do so caused permanent and catastrophic injuries to her baby. The baby, now four years old, is disabled for the rest of his life and will never live independently, requires around-the-clock skilled care, cannot go to school and will not be able to hold a job.
Information submitted in the lawsuit indicated the pregnant mother was having a difficult time with nausea, headaches, dizziness, backaches and possible decreased fetal movement. She was experiencing these multiple symptoms three weeks in advance of her due date and went to her local medical center to be evaluated. She was not assessed, did not receive an ultrasound or have a biophysical profile completed. Instead, she was sent home.
The mother went back to the medical center the next morning where another obstetrician scheduled a C-section for her for the following day. When the baby was delivered he displayed seizures, apnea, poor color and tone. He was transferred to an intensive care unit and stayed there for 12 days. While in the neonatal intensive care unit, it is alleged, staff did not monitor his ventilator settings, which resulted in low CO2 blood levels.
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