Medical malpractice

Babies Brain Damaged at Birth

November 26, 2019 by James McHugh, Jr.
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Having a baby can be a truly emotional and life-changing experience for all involved. Unfortunately, however, complications during the birthing process can and do occur, some of which can leave the baby with brain damage. A baby’s brain damage may even be permanent, leaving the family feeling hopeless during what was supposed to be such a special moment. For one mother in particular, it became apparent her newborn son endured severe brain damage due to malpractice at birth.

Tequila Snow gave birth to her son Gerald Sallis at Oak Park Hospital’s West Suburban Medical Center in Chicago. The now five-year-old Gerald and his mother recently received a $101 million medical malpractice verdict after the jury found the baby’s brain was damaged at birth.

Medical staff allegedly ignored the baby’s external fetal monitoring strips for nearly six hours before delivering him. Experts also testified that he would have been born a “normal baby” had nurses and medical staff alerted doctors to abnormalities and opted to perform a C-section. The young boy cannot speak or take care of himself in any way due to the injuries he sustained at birth; yet, he is expected to live a normal life span.

Brain damage or brain injuries caused at birth by medical malpractice can have a wide range of both physical and psychological effects, some of which can occur immediately and others that may appear later in life.

Brain injuries affecting babies, in particular, occur most often during pregnancy or labor and delivery, as oxygen deprivation is one of the most significant determining factors for brain injury. There are a myriad of ways a baby can be deprived of oxygen during this critical time, including:

  • Compression of the umbilical cord
  • A placental insufficiency problem
  • A baby being stuck in the birth canal
  • A baby’s airway being blocked due to mucous and not being cleared
  • Placental abruption
  • Intrauterine growth restriction or IGR
  • Oligohydraminos or not enough amniotic fluid
  • Uterine rupture
  • High blood pressure in the mother
  • Breech positioning of the baby
  • Improper administration of epidural

Philadelphia Birth Injuries Attorneys

When trusted medical professionals make mistakes during childbirth, vulnerable infants can suffer serious consequences including brain damage. A baby born with brain damage may have cognitive impairments, learning disabilities, or may even be paralyzed. When handled correctly, the compensation for your child’s injuries should allow you to care for them for life. If you or someone you know has dealt with a birth injury, contact the experienced trial attorneys of Lopez McHugh today.

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