The mother of a now one-year-old child is suing a pediatric clinic and nurse midwife, accusing the nurse midwife of medical negligence while circumcising her son on October 3, 2013. The nurse midwife malpractice lawsuit was filed in Georgia on September 25, 2014 and alleges that the nurse midwife wrongfully amputated the end of the newborn’s penis, cutting through his urethra.
The mother alleges that there was an abnormal amount of bleeding immediately following the circumcision procedure. She immediately brought her son to a hospital emergency room, where she learned of the serious injury that her son had suffered as a result of the botched circumcision. As a result of the amputation, the little boy was allegedly left with a stump instead of a normal penis, through which he is unable to urinate normally.
Since the time of the negligent circumcision, the tip of the child’s penis constantly seals itself, requiring his mother to insert a special instrument into the end of his penis three times a day to maintain the hole so that her son can urinate. The mother of three sons further alleges that her youngest son’s disfigurement will lead to life-long embarrassment, causing him to avoid engaging in sexual intercourse when he matures, thereby depriving him of normal relationships and children, which could lead to serious psychiatric trauma and injury. The mother alleges that the expense of psychiatric care for her son over his lifetime may exceed $1 million.
While past medical expenses exceed $20,000, some of which were paid by insurance, it is unknown at this time if the child will need surgery in the future to address his condition.
The Georgia nurse midwife malpractice case seeks compensatory damages for her son’s physical pain, his suffering, mental anguish, past and future medical expenses, the costs of care and equipment, and her son’s loss of future income. The defendants are the nurse midwife who allegedly negligently performed the circumcision procedure, the pediatric clinic where she worked, and the owner of the clinic.
This sad case of alleged medical negligence is a reminder that one’s life can take an unexpected turn in an instant that results in life-long harm. Whatever it takes to reduce the incidence of medical malpractice is an investment in saving lives from being destroyed — medical malpractice not only results in monetary losses, but also the loss of dignity and self-worth. Most harms and losses caused by medical negligence are avoidable if the wrongdoer simply complies with the applicable standard of care that similarly situated medical providers are expected to follow.
If you or a loved one may have been injured due to the medical negligence of a nurse midwife, a physician, or another medical provider in Georgia or in another U.S. state, you should promptly seek the legal advice of a Georgia malpractice attorney or a malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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