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Failure To Timely And Properly Treat Brain Injury

Lawsuit Against Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital | June 15, 2019 - District Court for Hennepin County, Minnesota

On June 15, 2019, WVFO attorney Stephen Offutt filed a medical malpractice claim on behalf of a minor who suffered a brain injury.

The complaint alleges that on September 22, 2017, at approximately 05:53, an ambulance was dispatched to take the child’s mother to the hospital because she was having contractions. EMS records report that the mother was in significant discomfort upon their arrival. The mother arrived at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital at 06:28 and was admitted at 06:39. She was admitted for labor evaluation and it was later determined that she had preeclampsia upon admission. Fetal heart monitoring was initiated at approximately 06:44. At 07:04, the fetal heart monitor indicated that a bradycardia was occurring. At this time the nurses did not hit the “Code” button or call the obstetrician. This bradycardia, which is an irregularly low heart rate, persisted for over an hour before the baby was finally delivered. The mother continually reported being in pain and continually asked that doctor be called. At 07:50, the triage nurse finally sent a nurse to get a doctor “stat.” The baby will be born seventeen minutes later, which is about 1 hour and 3 minutes after the fetal heart monitor indicated to the nurses that the baby’s heart rate was irregularly low. When the doctor arrived, she found that the fetal heart rate was at approximately 50 beats per minute. At 07:59, the doctor ordered an emergency cesarean section for fetal distress. At 08:07, the baby was delivered. At delivery, he had no heart rate or respiratory effort. He required intubation, CPR and Epinephrine. As a result of the substandard care, the child suffered a severe hypoxic-ischemic injury and seizures, and now suffers from permanent physical and mental impairments that he will never recover from, and which will require a lifetime of care and treatment.

The lawsuit alleges the defendants failed to properly and timely respond to the concerning fetal heart rate tracings. The child is developmentally delayed and suffers from serious injuries as a direct and proximate result of the defendants’ negligence. The child suffered permanent neurological injuries and damages during labor and delivery and will require significant medical care and treatment for the remainder of his life.

The action is pending in the District Court for Hennepin County, Minnesota.

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