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Parents sue over child born with Brachial Plexus Injuries

A couple from South Carolina has recently filed a suit against the physician that delivered their child at the Conway Medical Center, alleging they caused a birth injury to their child due to medical negligence. It all started when the mother was 36 weeks pregnant and her sonogram suggested she had polyhydramnios; a condition where there is an excessive amount of amniotic fluid around the baby. Many times the condition can be mild without complications, yet sometimes it can cause serious issues during delivery.

A month later the mother returned to the doctors office to find out that she would need labor precautions, and a few weeks later was admitted to the hospital to be induced. Without informing the mother, the physician administered the labor induction drug, Pitocin. As the Pitocin dosages increased higher and higher throughout the labor, the baby's fetal heart rate became abnormally accelerated. In addition, although the mother had a prolonged labor and fetal distress was known, a C-section was never offered as an option.

As the hours dragged on, the physician used a vacuum device for a vaginal delivery where the baby suffered shoulder dystocia after it became lodged in the birth canal. Following the baby's delivery, their skin was pale and blue, they were unresponsive, and their Apgar score was only a two. Furthermore, although the baby had multiple bruises around the right shoulder and had little movement in it, the baby was still discharged. A few days later the mother returned to the hospital's emergency room where the child was diagnosed with Erb's palsy, which is a type of a brachial plexus injury. In the suit, the parents feel the doctor and hospital should be held accountable for their actions of medical negligence among others, which led to their child's debilitating injury.

If your child suffered a brachial plexus injury during childbirth the experienced St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth would like to hear from you. Please contact our office today for a free consultation.