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Illinois doctors sued for failing to address fetal distress signs

The birth of a child in Chicago should be remembered as one of the most joyous moments of one’s life. Although many women in Illinois have had great experiences when giving birth and holding their babies for the first time, there are also women who have not had the best experiences. In some cases, giving birth has been a tragic experience for women, their partners and their babies due to medical malpractice.

Last month, a lawsuit was filed against an Illinois hospital, doctor and mid-wife for allegedly causing a baby to be born with severe injuries last year. The child’s injuries are permanent, the lawsuit states. According to the child’s mother, her baby suffered disabling birth injuries because her doctor and mid-wife had failed to deliver her baby in a timely manner even though her baby was in fetal distress.

The child’s mother believes that her baby’s disabling injuries could have been avoided had her doctor and mid-wife delivered her daughter as soon as they discovered that the unborn baby was in distress. However, the birth of the child was prolonged, which prevented the woman’s baby from getting medical treatment before the baby’s injuries worsened.

The lawsuit claims that the woman’s doctor and mid-wife had ignored several signs that the woman’s baby was in distress and was not getting any better. Because the baby suffered a permanent birth injury, the woman’s child will need special medical care for the rest of her life. The child’s life-long medical expenses are expected to total millions of dollars, the lawsuit states.

The woman’s child will never get to live a normal life. Her child will never be able to walk or talk. The child will also never have the ability to work and earn an income when she is an adult. The child’s mother is requesting compensation for the hospital and medical professionals’ mistakes so that she can make sure her child receives the medical treatment and care she needs.

Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Obstetrician and midwife accused of failing to timely deliver infant,” Kelly Holleran, May 2, 2013


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