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Mother sues doctors for infant's profound brain injuries

Twins can bring an additional set of complications during pregnancy and birth, so it is crucial for mothers expecting twins to work closely with doctors. A lawsuit recently filed by an Illinois mother illustrates the importance of closely monitoring twin babies.

One of her sons was born with debilitating brain injuries resulting from hypoxia, a lack of oxygen to the brain. The plaintifff claims that physicians should have referred her to a perinatologist, a specialized type of obstetrician who handles high-risk pregnancies. She also alleges that doctors acted negligently by delaying the intubation of her son, and should have taken her off the medication Zoloft during her pregnancy.

Sadly, her son's injuries are too profound for him to live a normal life. He suffers serious cognitive disability and will likely have special needs throughout his life.

Most obstetricians err on the side of caution when dealing with high-risk pregnancies and carefully walk patients through the risks and options. Still, it is possible for a patient's care to slip through the cracks and cause a life-changing injury to mother or child.

Source: Madison-St. Clair Record, "Mother Sues Over Infant's Brian Injury; Claims Doctors Failed To Take Her Off Zoloft," June 18, 2014

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