Kansas Couple Files Birth Injury Lawsuit
A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed by a couple from Kansas who allege that their son developed cerebral palsy caused by injuries sustained during his birth.
Facts of the Birth Injury Case
- On March 5, 2010 physicians induced the plaintiff’s labor with use of the drugs Cytotec and Oxytocin.
- Soon after, doctors detected that the unborn child had a slowed heart beat and so attempted to perform a vacuum extraction to speed up delivery.
- As attempts of vacuum extractions failed, the physicians tried a Caesarean section, which caused the mother’s uterus to rupture.
- By the time of the rupture, the child had spent more than 40 minutes with a low heart rate, had erratic movements, and may have suffered a seizure, according to health care personnel.
- Upon birth, the child was diagnosed with respiratory distress, metabolic acidosis, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and a possible sepsis infection. He was later diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that affects the muscles of both arms and both legs.
- The parents allege that disruptions took place because Cytotec and Oxytocin were used to induce labor, and these disruptions caused permanent brain damage in their son.
- The parents filed suit against two doctors and the medical center for medical malpractice.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
According to Mayo Clinic, Cerebral Palsy is a neurological disorder affecting muscle movements in different parts of the body. Cerebral Palsy can cause seizures, difficulty in movements, poor muscle coordination, and mental retardation.
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