Pennsylvania mother loses baby, files medical malpractice claim

The worst thing almost any Pennsylvania mother can experience is the loss of a child. It is important for doctors to give patients a level of care that meets the standards of the medical profession in order to give mothers and their babies the best chance possible before, during and after birth. One mother has filed a claim for medical malpractice against the hospital where she delivered her child, in addition to several other defendants, after she lost her baby as the result of alleged negligence and malpractice.

The woman had reportedly gone two days over her due date of 40 weeks, and had to go into the hospital to be induced. This can often be a fairly routine procedure. When a woman gets induced, synthetic drugs which naturally appear in the body during labor are distributed to start or speed the process.

Fetal monitors which are used during labor appeared to show that this woman's baby had been suffering from some sort of distress. This could have been a number of things such as infection, not responding well to the inducement and even the umbilical cord wrapped around the neck -- but it was never looked into. The hospital staff let the woman continue with the inducement for over 14 hours before the baby was born.

This mother's labor and delivery did not go as expected; and, in fact, took a turn for the worst. The baby was born, but it never had a chance to take its first breath. After a routine autopsy was performed, it found that the child's body confirmed what the hospital staff should allegedly have noticed -- the baby died due to fetal distress and asphyxia.

As a result of this unfortunate incident, the mother is now suing due to the tremendous amount of emotional distress she has suffered. Clearly there is no amount of money that can bring this baby back, but at the end of the day the mother can feel as if responsibility for the actions has been paid. Pennsylvania mothers should not have to worry about losing their children before they meet them, but if the situation does arise, medical malpractice against the doctor could potentially save other mothers from the same intense grief.

Source: The Dispatch, Mother files medical malpractice suit against LMC in death of baby, Darrick Ignasiak, Nov. 18, 2013

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