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Mom says baby's brain damage was caused by failure to diagnose

Even when a pregnancy is going well, expectant mothers here in Illinois and across the globe can be hyper vigilant about their health and the health of their babies -- as they should be. Sadly, this can sometimes cause doctors to ignore their concerns by believing that a mother is simply being paranoid. The result could be a failure to diagnose a serious issue that could cause injury or death to either the mother or the infant.

One out-of-state mother believes that the brain damage suffered by her baby was due to doctors at two hospitals who failed to take her concerns seriously. In her medical malpractice suit, she alleges that she was not even examined the first time she went to see a doctor complaining that she could not feel the baby moving as much and she was dizzy, nauseous and suffering from head and back pain. When she returned the next morning, she claims that the second doctor should have ordered an emergency C-section.

When the baby was finally born via C-section later that day (approximately three weeks early), he had poor color, seizures and apnea. During his 12-day stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, the Pennsylvania mother says that he was not properly monitored and his elevated carbon dioxide levels went unnoticed. The boy is now 4-years-old and is unable to walk, crawl or stand on his own. He also suffered other injuries that will necessitate lifelong care.

A Pennsylvania court will have to decide whether a failure to diagnose led to this child's brain damage just as an Illinois court would. Establishing that a child and/or the mother did not receive the appropriate standard of care could result in an award of damages. The damage to the child cannot be undone, but obtaining financial restitution from those responsible could help with the current and future medical and other needs of the child.

Source:, "Lawsuit: Boy's brain injuries result of negligence at 2 area hospitals", Joe Dolinsky, Nov. 22, 2016

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