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Failure To Advise Bed Sharing And Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury

Lawsuit Against Columbus Regional Health Midtown Medical Center | September 11th, 2018 - Muscogee County, Georgia

On September 11, 2018, WVFO attorneys Keith Forman and Jermaine Haughton filed a medical malpractice claim on behalf of a child who suffered a hypoxic ischemic brain injury.

According to the complaint, the child’s mother gave birth to the child at Columbus Regional Health Midtown Medical Center in an uncomplicated vaginal delivery in September of 2016. The child had a normal newborn course and was healthy appearing upon discharge. The mother and child were eventually discharged but were never properly informed about the risks of bed sharing and SIDS as is required by the standard of care. Shortly after birth and discharge, the child was rushed to the emergency department due to respiratory difficulty after bed sharing with his mother and was diagnosed with severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, congenital laryngomalacia, anemia, acute respiratory failure with hypoxemia, coagulopathy, acute kidney failure, convulsions, seizures, hemorrhagic disease, intracranial hemorrhages, transitory hyperammonemia, melena, glycosuria, hepatomegaly, newborn esophageal reflux, metabolic acidosis, and acute renal insufficiency.

The lawsuit alleges the defendants failed to properly advise the mother of the risks of bed sharing and SIDS. As a direct and proximate result of the defendants’ negligence, the child suffers from cerebral palsy and developmental delay as a result of his hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. He is unable to walk. He has significant speech delays, and his vision is impaired.

The action is pending in the State Court of Muscogee County, Georgia.

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