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A father of three newborn triplets sues the hospital where his wife died during labor. WWMT News reported on the medical malpractice lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the doctors were aware that the mother had a placenta condition that caused massive bleeding. The father of the newborns claims that the doctors were negligent because they failed to have enough blood during the cesarean section, causing his wife’s death.

The placenta is a structure that develops inside the uterus during pregnancy. The placenta supplies the unborn baby with nutrients and oxygen from the mother’s blood. According to the March of Dimes Foundation, there are a variety of placental problems that can cause complications during the second half of pregnancy.

One type of placenta condition is a placental abruption. This occurs when the placenta peels away from the uterine wall before birth. Severe cases can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients. The main symptom of placental abruption is vaginal bleeding. Last year, a mother with placental abruption was awarded $1.4 million in her birth injury case.

The position of the mother’s placenta can also cause complications during pregnancy. A placenta previa is a low-lying placenta that can block the baby’s exit from the uterus. This position can cause the placenta to bleed during labor and birth. In some cases the bleeding can be severe, which can be dangerous to the mother and her baby.
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The Supreme Court in British Columbia awarded in excess of $1.4 million U.S. dollars in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a child suffering from severe cerebral palsy. The child’s mother sued the health authority overseeing the hospital, a doctor and two nurses over the child’s cerebral palsy which was attributed to a placental abruption. A placental abruption occurs when the placenta peels away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery. Placental abruption can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients and cause heavy bleeding in the mother. According to placental abruption is an uncommon and serious complication of pregnancy and requires immediate medical attention. It is crucial for healthcare providers to determine a newborn’s risk for placental abruption in order to develop a plan of action in the event that a birth complication occurs. When practitioners are properly prepared to address complications in a timely fashion, they reduce a child’s risk for birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.

In the case at hand, the medical malpractice of the personnel involved led to an interruption in the supply of oxygen to the child’s brain. If a baby suffers from oxygen deprivation during birth, this may cause brain damage which can result in cerebral palsy. The child’s mother argued that her physicians and nurse failed to properly consider the signs indicating the onset of the abruption and to intensely monitor the fetus’ health during labor among other things. The Judge in the case stated that the injuries to the child were catastrophic citing her inability to ever walk and most likely not developing intelligence beyond that of a four-year-old.
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Parents of children who suffer birth injuries now can seek post-natal treatment for their newborns to reverse brain damage. A researcher at the University of Florida has discovered that the use of cooling blankets within six hours of birth may help to reduce the effects of brain damage in infants. WPTV and the report that these findings come after an 18 month study that looked at how these medical devices may help babies by essentially cooling their brains. This new treatment will help babies who have suffered brain damage during birth due to a low blood supply or lack of oxygen. A lack of oxygen can occur when the placenta separates from the mother’s uterus too early, and may also occur if the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around an infant’s neck or is compressed during the birthing process. When these complications happen during birth, practitioners have very little time to extract the baby before brain damage can occur. This brain damage can lead to cerebral palsy, seizure, blindness and even death.

The cooling blankets are effective at treating newborns who are under six hours old. The babies are wrapped in the cooling blankets for 72 hours and during this time their body temperature drops to 91 degrees. This drop in body temperature reduces cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain, to prevent further damage. The treatment has proven effective in reducing death and neurological defects. This is the first treatment available to reduce brain injuries in infants.

Although the treatment is currently only available in teaching hospitals, it is promising to hear that researchers are finding ways to reduce the devastating effects of brain injuries at birth. When children suffer brain injuries at birth, the impact on both the child and its family is great. In many instances, these children must endure life-long medical treatment and care which can lead to millions in medical expenses over a lifetime. Hopefully, the number of children severely injured by brain injuries will drop with this new medical procedure.

The family of a brain damaged boy was awarded $12 Million dollars for a birth injury the child suffered. The case took place in Illinois and was against St. Anthony Medical Center. The child suffers from spastic quadriparesis because of the brain injury. The birth injury was a result of a failure to recognize that the child was positioned for a breech delivery; and as a result the child did not receive sufficient oxygen which caused the brain injury. The Hospital did not perform a proper vaginal exam, placed a fetal scalp electrode in the wrong spot and this led to the placenta rupturing during labor and a result the child suffered a birth injury. To read the entire article click here on “birth injury

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