There are few things in the world more delicate and vulnerable than a newborn baby and certainly nothing more precious. We've all heard new parents instructing family and friends to be sure to support the baby's head as they gently and lovingly pass the baby for someone else to hold. These instructions should not be necessary for trained obstetric nursing staff, but to the horror of one family they were seemingly not followed when a nurse allegedly dropped their moments-old child on the floor.
The infant suffered a skull fracture as her head hit a bucket on the way to the floor of the birthing room. According to the family, the withholding of information regarding the birth injury began immediately as they handed the mother her new baby and said it was ok. The baby was not crying and was purple. A neurologist who examined the baby told the family their daughter had suffered a skull fracture and hematoma.
In the three years since the birth, the family has continued to seek answers from the hospital and continued to be frustrated by the hospitals lack of transparency regarding the incident. The family says that the hospital has refused to disclose their procedure for labor and delivery and will not even provide the name of the attending nurse.
After three years of apparent stonewalling by the hospital the family has turned to the justice system for help in finding answers. They are asserting claims for malpractice and negligence as well as spoliation, which means that the think the hospital has either intentionally or negligently withheld or destroyed evidence of what happened.
Source: WSOC Channel 9 News "Family Sues Hospital, Says Infant Was Dropped During Delivery" Sept. 6, 2011