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Failure To Timely And Properly Treat Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury

Lawsuit Against Northwest Mississippi Medical Center | December 19th, 2018 - Coahoma County, Mississippi

On December 19, 2018, WVFO attorneys Keith Forman and Myles Poster filed a medical malpractice claim on behalf of a minor who suffers from cerebral palsy.

According to the complaint, in January of 2011, the child’s mother presented to Northwest Mississippi Medical Center with back, side, and abdominal pain. The child’s mother was admitted to the labor and delivery department where she was hooked to a fetal heart rate monitor. The providers induced labor. The fetal heart rate tracing was non-reassuring for an extended period. The providers attempted resuscitative measures to address the non-reassuring signs, however, those measures did not significantly improve the child’s condition. After several hours of exposure to this dangerous uterine environment, the child was eventually delivered with vacuum assistance. At Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, the child was observed suffering from serious seizures after birth. He was eventually transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center. MRI and EEG imaging studies indicated that he suffered neurological injuries and damages consistent with severe intrapartum hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. At the time of his discharge, the child suffered from seizures, diffuse encephalopathy, and findings consistent with severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Today, the child suffers from cerebral palsy, brain damage, and global developmental delays, among other injuries and damages.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants failed to properly and timely respond to the child’s condition and failed to timely and properly treat the child’s deteriorating clinical status. The child is developmentally delayed as a direct and proximate result of the defendants’ negligence. The child suffers from permanent physical and mental impairments that he will never recover from, and which will require a lifetime of care and treatment.

The action is pending in the Circuit Court Coahoma County, Mississippi.

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