A Baltimore medical malpractice lawsuit filed on April 20, 2016 in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City alleges that a Baltimore hospital’s negligence led to a 15-month-old child suffering permanent brain damage due to medical negligence while she was being treated in the PICU. The Baltimore medical malpractice lawsuit was filed on behalf of the now 4-year-old by her parents.
The Alleged Facts
The child’s parents brought her to the hospital located in Baltimore City in January 2013 due to the child’s high fever. The child was admitted to the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) where she experienced seizures during the first eight days of her hospital admission, requiring that the child be intubated to address her breathing problems.
The parents’ Maryland medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the breathing tube was planned to be removed on February 8 but the PICU physician specialist determined at that time that the child should remain intubated. The physician advised the child’s parents that she was leaving the hospital to go to dinner but that she was on-call and would return to the hospital if needed.
The child’s breathing tube became dislodged while the specialist was at dinner and the PICU specialist was called to return to the hospital. The physician returned to the hospital and decided to leave the breathing tube out after which she left the hospital once again.
Early the next morning, the child had difficulty breathing and a respiratory therapist was called to the child’s bedside but no further action was taken at that time. The child’s blood oxygen saturation decreased during the early morning that led to a slowing heart rate, causing alarms to activate, according to the parents’ Maryland medical malpractice lawsuit. Despite the deteriorating situation, no attempt was made to re-intubate the child, as alleged in the parents’ medical malpractice complaint.
The PICU specialist was urgently paged during the night but failed to arrive at the PICU for close to one hour. Once at the child’s bedside, the PICU specialist performed an emergency intubation.
The parents allege in their Baltimore medical malpractice lawsuit that their daughter should have remained intubated in order to prevent brain damage due to lack of oxygen to her brain. As a result of the Baltimore hospital’s negligence, the child suffered a severe and permanent brain injury that prevents her from engaging in normal childhood activities, according to the parents’ complaint.
The defendant Baltimore hospital had no comment on the pending litigation, according to reports.
Source: The Daily Record, April 22, 2016. William Stapleton, et al. v. Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Inc., et al., Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Case No. 24C16002330.
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