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Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Damage

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As you know, our bodies require oxygen in order to survive. Truth be told, irreversible brain and other organ damage can occur within minutes of oxygen deprivation.

Hypoxemia occurs when there is a lower-than-normal amount of oxygen present within the blood. In addition, hypoxia occurs when a lower than normal amount of oxygen is present within the body’s tissues. Similarly, a total lack of oxygen is referred to as anoxia.

Hypoxemia, hypoxia, and anoxia can have devastating impacts during pregnancy, labor, or delivery, and may lead to permanent disabilities, brain damage, cerebral palsy, and even death.

In order to prevent undue harm, it is necessary for a lack of oxygen to be identified and treated immediately.

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Hypoxic (lack of oxygen), Ischemic (lack of blood supply), Encephalopathy (brain dysfunction) is the resulting ailment of a chronic or sudden loss of blood supply and oxygen to the brain. During labor and delivery, the fetus may be significantly impacted by hypoxic events.

One tool that may be used to determine when a baby doesn’t receive enough oxygen and blood flow during labor and delivery is fetal monitoring.

HIE may lead to cerebral palsy, which is why it’s so important to carefully monitor the fetus during labor and delivery. The baby may endure HIE brain damage if the signs of hypoxia are not accurately and promptly identified and treated.

Hypoxia as a Result of Medical Malpractice

Hypoxia may also be caused by factors other than medical malpractice. Unexpected challenges may prompt issues that even the best medical professionals can’t avoid. Nevertheless, certain circumstances can link hypoxic brain damage straight to a medical professional’s lack of proper monitoring and care.

The following list provides certain instances in which hypoxia, hypoxemia, or anoxia may develop:

  • C-Section delay
  • Lack of a C-Section recommendation in a high-risk pregnancy or birth
  • Inaccurately managing or treating shoulder dystocia or other complications
  • Lack of response to fetal distress or fetal intolerance
  • Lack of diagnosis or treatment of placental abruption, placenta previa or umbilical cord prolapse or impingement
  • Lack of macrosomia or cephalopelvic disproportion diagnosis
  • Lack of uterine overstimulation diagnosis
  • Labor induction or augmentation medication mismanagement

If you believe your child suffered a birth injury due to a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston are highly skilled in birth injury litigation and have helped families just like yours recover the compensation they rightfully deserve.

Call The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston today at (410) 220-6581 to speak with an attorney about your Maryland birth injury case.


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