Failure To Properly Treat- Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury
Lawsuit Against Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital | May 24th, 2018 – Dallas County Texas
According to the complaint, the child’s mother presented to the emergency department of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in June 2016 with a chief complaint of leaking fluid. The child’s mother was admitted to the labor and delivery department and was eventually hooked to a fetal heart rate monitor. The child’s heart rate was noted to decrease and then suddenly increase prior to delivery while still in utero. There was eventually a downward shift in the fetal heart rate baseline with later decelerations indicating growing concern for fetal hypoxia and intolerance to labor. The child was delivered through terminal thick meconium with a tight nuchal cord wrapped around her neck. Eventually, it was documented that the child’s head was “elongated with significant molding, mild caput and bruising,” evidencing the effects of intrapartum cranial pressure. The child was determined to have suffered a hypoxic-ischemic brain injury.
The lawsuit alleges the defendants failed to properly and timely respond to the child condition and failed to timely and properly treat the child’s deteriorating clinical status. As a result, the child is developmentally delayed and suffers from ongoing seizures. As a direct and proximate result of the defendants’ negligence, the child suffered permanent neurological injuries during labor and delivery and will require significant medical care and treatment due to the effects of the severe hypoxic-ischemic brain injury she sustained.
The action is pending in the District Court in Dallas County, Texas.