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Parents sue over newborn's brain damage

Giving birth is both emotionally and physically demanding and mothers depend heavily on the diligence and professionalism of the medical staff attending them. However, any negligence or oversight can result in serious and even permanent harm to the mother and her newborn child. Sadly, in Maryland and across the U.S., children suffer lifelong injuries every year as a result of improper birthing procedures.

For one couple in New Mexico, this has already become a grim reality. The mother, who was 27 years old at the time of the birth, went into labor in September 2011, even before she made it to the hospital. After she had arrived there, she was given a dose of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl. However, this was just the first in a series of events that would change the course of her labor dramatically.

Another staff member at the hospital attempted to administer an epidural to the young mother, not realizing she had already received a painkiller. The staff member had trouble placing the epidural, which was later deemed to have been ineffective. In light of this, staff decided to administer a second. Minutes later, the woman was unresponsive and could not breathe unaided. As a result, hospital staff rushed to perform an emergency Cesarean.

The child survived the birth, as did his mother, but both were given naloxone to counter the overdoses of narcotics they had received. Unfortunately, this did not prevent the child's brain injury for which his parents are now suing the Medical Center. The little boy now lives with cerebral palsy, believed to be due to the hospital's alleged negligence.

It may have happened in another state, but parents in Maryland can imagine the distress caused by malpractice of this sort. If your child was injured during birth, you do not need to feel isolated. An attorney can support and guide you through this difficult time, aid you in seeking compensation for your loss and justice for those responsible.

Source: The New Mexican, "Suit: Christus staff overdosed mom and baby," Phaedra Haywood, June 6, 2014

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