The parents of a baby who suffered trauma during her birth and later died, allegedly as a result of medical negligence that occurred during labor, delivery, and shortly after her birth, have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Puerto Rico hospital where the birth took place on July 4, 2013, as well as naming a doctor as a defendant.
The baby died on August 12, 2014, one day after being brought to a hospital emergency room suffering from low oxygen saturation, hypothermia, and bradycardia (low heart rate) that led to her death from septic shock, hypoxia, and respiratory failure, allegedly related to the injuries she sustained during labor and delivery.
The pregnancy had progressed normally until the 39th week, at which time the mother’s blood pressure was 150/90 (her blood pressure readings were normal before then). Her doctor sent her to the defendant hospital on that date (July 3, 2013), due to her elevated blood pressure.
The hospital records indicate that the mother was 70% effaced with 2 to 3 centimeters dilation, minus 3 station, with normal fetal heart rate and the mother’s blood pressure at 120/70, when she was admitted to the hospital (the doctor’s handwritten medical notes were allegedly illegible, according to the Puerto Rico medical malpractice lawsuit, which was a breach of the standard of care because other health care providers would be unable to read his notes when providing care to the woman).
About four hours later, the doctor provided orders over the phone that included giving the woman medications that would require that she be closely monitored, which monitoring allegedly was not performed. The next morning, the fetal heart tracings allegedly were irregular and indicated a pattern of uterine hyperstimulation and tachysytole (excessively frequent uterine contractions) that allegedly would require placing a fetal scalp electrode and intrauterine pressure catheter, which were not done.
An emergency Cesarean section delivery was performed early that afternoon, but the plaintiffs allege in their Puerto Rico medical malpractice claim that the delivery should have been performed earlier. The parents allege that there was continuing medical negligence after the birth, including the failure to timely and properly respond to the newborn’s continuing severe neurological compromise and the failure to properly transfer the baby to another hospital (the baby was transferred to another hospital but the parents allege that the transfer was not properly made).
The baby was not discharged from the hospital to home until January 2, 2014. The baby suffered from a seizure disorder, chronic lung disease, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. At home, the baby required frequent suctioning, gastrostomy feedings, home monitoring, and medications for her seizure disorder.
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