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September 2011 Archives

Positive news for long term lung function of premature infants

When babies are born prematurely, their lungs may not have had time to develop completely. It is important that doctors and medical staff monitor the status of these infants closely to help mitigate any complications or long term ill-effects.

Doctor alleged to have accidentally removed healthy ovary

When a 31-year-old woman was told by her doctor that she had a mass on her left ovary that appeared to be a cyst, she was rightly concerned. A second ultrasound indicated that the cyst was still present. The woman's obstetrician recommended that the woman undergo surgery to remove the cyst in order to avoid any future complications. An outpatient surgery was scheduled to remove the cyst.

Family of brain injured boy seeks help enforcing judgment

A 14-year-old boy was severely brain injured at his birth in 1997 is seeking assistance in enforcing a judgment against the hospital. During the mother's labor, she was administered Pitocen, a drug used to help induce contractions. The dosage of the drug was periodically increased and not adequately monitored. As a result, the mother began experiencing severe contractions that limited the blood flow to the young boy's brain.

Jury says physician's assistant's negligence caused mother's death

A jury in a medical malpractice case has determined that the failure of a physician's assistant to appreciate the severity of a new mother's medical condition led to her death. The lawsuit had also alleged that numerous doctors were also culpable for the incident. The majority of those doctors settled their claims out of court.

Medical malpractice verdict upheld, after timing of lawsuit questioned

As you may know, causes of action for civil lawsuits generally do not last forever. Statutes of limitation cut off the time when a person may file a lawsuit. One purpose of this is to encourage individuals who have been wronged to seek justice while evidence is still available and memories are fresh. In some situations however it may not be possible or feasible to bring a lawsuit within that time period.

Parents allege that surgeon's delay cost life of newborn

In the first hours and days after a baby is born a wide variety of medical complications can put the infant's health at risk. Fortunately when doctors and other medical staff properly monitor newborn's progress complications can often be identified and resolved with timely treatment.

What can happen when a birth is hijacked by medical staff

Many pregnant women take Lamaze classes because they would prefer to forgo an epidural or other intervention which may not always be necessary. These soon-to-be mothers often have a desire to allow the childbirth to proceed at a natural pace and only seek interventions in the case of fetal distress or other medical necessity.

Family seeks answers after newborn dropped on floor

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.

U.S. ranks worse than many other countries for infant mortality

In the United States there has historically been a sense that our health care system was one of the best in the world. This may be true in some areas as we do have some of the most advanced lifesaving technologies and practices. But a recent study by the World Health Organization shows that our fetal mortality rate ranks us as 40th.

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