When a child is born with a heart abnormality, medical professionals in Illinois and elsewhere may schedule an operation to attempt to repair the defect. Due to the fragile nature of newborn children, doctors must be diligent in taking every precaution, as any form of negligence could place a child's health at risk. A family in another state has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital after claiming that the negligent acts of staff members led to the wrongful death of their newborn child.
The child was born with a congenital heart defect and was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the defect. While the surgery was underway, doctors located signs of poor blood flow to her arteries, and she was taken back to intensive care and placed on a ventilator. For reasons unknown, a staff member reportedly took her off the ventilator while she was still under the effects of sedation, subsequently causing a drop in her blood pressure.
According to the lawsuit, the ventilator was left off for nearly 20 minutes, and it took as many as two more hours for staff members to administer further treatment. It is alleged that complications from the surgery and the delay in post-operative treatments caused her to suffer severe brain damage and fall into cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, she passed away nearly two weeks later.
No parent should have to endure the loss of a child, especially as the result of another party's negligence. Parents who face such a loss could choose to retain the services of an attorney for advice on the legal avenues available to them. An attorney can provide a client in Illinois with assistance in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.