On October 13, 2016, three birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits were filed against a Texas OB, alleging that the defendant OB’s medical negligence caused their newborns to suffer catastrophic injuries. One of the newborns died and the other two newborns suffered severe permanent neurological injuries due to the alleged mismanagement of their births, according to the lawsuits.
In one of the birth injury medical malpractice cases, the mother alleges that her son was not breathing at the time of his birth in October 2014 and that it took ten minutes to revive her son. As a result, the child suffered a severe, permanent brain injury and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The 20-year-old mother stated after her birth injury lawsuit was filed, “It’s a very indescribable feeling when one minute you’re getting to meet your first born child and the next minute you’re watching your newborn trying to breathe and going in and out of seizures.”
In another of the birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits, the now 19-year-old plaintiff alleges that her newborn son lived only fifteen minutes following his birth in November 2015. The plaintiff stated after her birth injury lawsuit was filed, “I was 18 years old when I carried my first child for nine months, and for what? I didn’t even get to hear him cry. I went to the hospital with a child and left without one.”
In the third birth injury lawsuit, the plaintiff was twenty-two years old in July 2012 when she was given Oxytocin to induce labor that she alleges was negligently mismanaged, thereby leading to respiratory delays that caused her newborn son to suffer severe permanent brain damage.
Two of the three Texas birth injury medical malpractice lawsuits filed on October 13, 2016 against the defendant Houston OB allege that she mismanaged Oxytocin during their labor and delivery and that such mismanagement led to their newborns’ injuries.
The defendant Texas OB was subject to a Texas Medical Board (“Board”) disciplinary order dated February 7, 2014 in which the Board found that the defendant OB had poorly managed the shoulder dystocia of a large-for-age fetus on May 9, 2001 by applying vacuum at a high station for delivery rather than recommending a Cesarean section delivery; that the defendant OB inappropriately attempted a vacuum delivery instead of a Cesarean section delivery after being advised of a compromised fetal heart rate and misinterpreting the fetal heart rate monitor during a delivery on September 27, 2003; and, that the defendant OB failed to advise her patient about the increased risk in future pregnancies following a shoulder dystocia (the patient was not offered a Cesarean delivery for her subsequent pregnancy in 2001).
The Board ordered the Texas OB to enroll in at least 20 hours of continuing medical education on the topic of high-risk obstetrics and to pay a $3,000 administrative penalty. The OB agreed to the Board’s Order.
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