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Kansas Couple Files Birth Injury Lawsuit

Rishika Reddy5 years ago

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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