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Cerebral palsy suit claims that oxygen deprivation was avoidable

The parents of a 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy have filed a lawsuit against the birthing hospital and staff members, claiming that the mishandling of the boy's birth caused him permanent brain damage.

When the mother arrived at the hospital she was 15 days past her due date. She was given labor-inducing drugs but her baby showed signs of fetal distress. The doctor directed her to push, even though the infant's head had not yet reached her cervix. The stress of the birth caused the baby to defecate and he inhaled his own feces and meconium.

Eventually, the boy was born via emergency c-section and survived, but he had already suffered irreversible brain injury from oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia. At the age of 2, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The boy's family is now seeking accountability for his disabilities and money to help give him as normal a life as possible. If he had received a cesarean-section birth earlier, there is a good chance he never would have received his physical, speech and developmental disabilities.

Source: Statesman Journal, "Lawsuit Over Birth Injury: Misfortunate Or Malpractice?" Saerom Yoo, May 25, 2014

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