A stillborn baby, born at home, was the reason for a mother to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, commented the doctor. The mother has gone to hospital in April with a headache, lower abdominal pain and a fever. She remained in care for six days. In June she went back and said she was spotting. She was admitted to rule out her being in labor, as she was in the 32nd week of her pregnancy.
During her second admission, she received drugs to relax the uterine muscles and stop any premature labor and was hooked up to a fetal monitor, reported the source. She was given an antibiotic, diagnosed with cervicitis and sent home.
Two days later, she was admitted once again with the same complaints, was again given another drug to stop labor and was discharged against medical advice. Two more days went by and she returned to the hospital once again, where she was told she was not in labor and given another antibiotic for a possible urinary tract infection and send home.
The day after she was sent home with the latest round of drugs, she was admitted again and a midwife said she was not in labor and left. The mother went home, only to return in the morning and be given a prescription for Tylenol with codeine. There was no record of this visit in the plaintiff’s medical files, explained the official.
She was once again sent home and went into labor. However, the baby was born feet first with the head stuck in the birth canal. An EMS responder tried to resuscitate the baby but was unsuccessful and even though the baby went to the hospital, no signs of a pulse or respiration were detected.
At trial the plaintiff’s expert doctor said a breech born baby that is blue and has no pulse or respiration after about a half hour is considered to be stillborn, whether attempts were made to revive it or not. The jury found the hospital was negligent sending the mother home with Tylenol without evaluating her and that this was a substantial factor in the baby’s death. Hospitals in Brooklyn and Long Island have looked into this case.
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