Massachusetts mothers understand the anxieties and uncertainties that accompany any pregnancy. There are a multitude of things that can go wrong at any stage of the pregnancy, and the delivery process itself is unpredictable and frightening for many women. The story of one mother's tragic birth experience is making headlines across the nation. She and the baby's father filed suit against the doctors and medical facilities that allegedly caused fatal birth injuries to their baby boy.
The couple was told during a pregnancy wellness appointment that their child would have to be delivered via the Cesarean method due to the fact that his abdomen was too large to allow a vaginal birth. However, when they arrived at a hospital in labor at only 28 weeks, the doctor handling the birth allegedly told them that an attempt at a vaginal delivery was their only option. The suit claims that the mother consented to a vaginal delivery, although only in protest and after trying to transfer to another hospital for a C-section.
When the baby became stuck in the birth canal with only his head free, the doctor allegedly exerted sufficient pressure on the baby's head to remove it from the cervical collar. As blood poured from the infant, the doctor attempted to push the infant back inside of the mother, and began an emergency C-section. At some point during that procedure the baby's head was surgically removed from his body.
As this case makes its way through the court, additional details may be made available. The parents are claiming medical malpractice, wrongful death and personal injury in relation to the birth injuries that they claim killed their son. If their lawsuit is successful, they stand to recover the costs of the pregnancy, delivery, funeral expenses and medical care for the mother. While this case serves as an extreme example of how medical malpractice can affect a birth, there are less sensational instances of birth injuries across the country on an all-too-frequent basis. Parents in Massachusetts who believe that their infant was injured at birth should know that there are avenues of legal recourse available to them, and they may want to consult with a legal professional about their rights under the law.
Source: Medical Daily, "Doctor Beheads Baby in Grisly Botched Birth and Tries to Cover it Up With C-Section, Lawsuit," Christine Hsu, Oct. 12, 2012