The birth of a new baby is typically a heartwarming occasion. The planning for the arrival of a child is something that parents do from the moment they discover they are pregnant. Connecticut families must rely on the caregivers present during the delivery processes to ensure that the baby is born healthy. Sadly, this doesn’t always happen, and babies can be hurt by the negligence of someone charged to care for them and their mothers. One family experienced this nightmare when their baby daughter suffered brain damage at birth, and they allege that two nurses are to blame.
The pregnancy of the mother in this case was considered normal. Her labor process was going along normally until the baby’s heart rate suddenly plummeted. The theory is that the baby wasn’t receiving enough oxygen, causing the abrupt change. A civil suit filed by the family alleged that two nurses in charge of the care of the baby’s mother failed to inform the woman’s physician of the matter. When the doctor discovered the low heart rate on her own, an emergency C-section was ordered, but by then it was too late.
The baby suffered brain damage due to the lack of oxygen, and she now has cerebral palsy. The mother’s doctor, the hospital and another nurse were not found to be negligent. The two nurses who were found responsible are now no longer employed by the hospital. During the proceedings it was alleged that had the nurses properly informed the doctor of the emergency, the little girl would have been delivered sooner and likely not suffered any brain damage.
The family in this case will now have to deal with the extra care that their little girl requires. If a Connecticut family finds themselves in a similar situation, they may wish to bring a civil suit against those deemed responsible in the hopes that any financial compensation could assist in caring for the affected family member. Brain damage due to the negligence of a caregiver is needlessly tragic, and families may benefit from knowing their legal options if this happens to them.
Source: delcotimes.com, Jury gives $32.M to girl in Chesco medical malpractice case, Michael P. Rellahan, Jan. 22, 2014