The birth of a child is not only the happiest moment, but also a transformative, life-altering event for most parents. Typically, parents who are expecting a child look forward to welcoming their child into the world. However, there are times during the childbirth process where a hospital’s or physician’s error can cause serious injury to the baby, and even result in the child’s death.
Despite all the advances in medical technology, and the strides that medicine has made in reducing maternal and child mortality, our Philadelphia residents may find it interesting to learn that recently, the parents of an infant baby girl who suffered a fractured skull and spinal cord injury during the birthing process died after her parents made the heart-wrenching decision to take her off of life support.
The parents allege that their infant baby girl suffered serious injuries during her birth because of the hospital’s use of forceps during the birth. These days, forceps are rarely used for assistance during birth. In fact, in the U.S. forceps are utilized only one percent of time during births. According to the parents, the hospital unsuccessfully used forceps in an attempt to deliver the baby vaginally, but, ultimately, the mother required an emergency C-section. Even though the pregnancy was normal, the baby was born brain dead. Citing federal privacy laws, the hospital has refused to comment on this case.
It is impossible for anyone to fathom what the parents of the baby girl are enduring. When a life is lost, particularly a young innocent life, due to the negligence of another people, families and communities are moved to act. Although a lost life cannot be brought back, families can get peace of mind and seek justice for their loved one by holding a negligent physician responsible.
When trying to evaluate whether or not filing a lawsuit against a hospital and healthcare provider is the right step, a family who has suffered a birth injury may want to seek the legal advice of an experienced birth injury attorney.
Source: 12 News, “Baby Olivia pulled off life support, dies from injuries parents say she received at birth,” Jan. 1, 2014