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Newborn's death linked to failure to do a timely C-section

Parents in New Jersey can likely recall one of the happiest days of their life with ease -- the day their child was born. A joyous occasion for most, the experience and day can be completely destroyed and parents left traumatized by the negligent acts of attending physicians and other health care providers. With so much on the line, something as seemingly inconsequential as failure to do a timely C-section can have a profound and devastating effect.

An out-of-state mother apparently already understands just how tragic one doctor's negligence can be. She did not appear to be suffering from any serious conditions during her pregnancy prior to having labor induced, but her labor was perhaps anything but trouble-free. According to reports, the baby weighed in at over 9 pounds and, at one point, became stuck in his mother's birth canal.

Instead of moving forward from that point with a C-section, the attending doctor attempted to manually remove the newborn. In doing so, he broke the baby boy's collarbone. Afterward, it is not entirely clear if the baby was then born alive, or if he died sometime after delivery. Either way, the mother asserts that she was robbed of the opportunity to bring home what should have otherwise been a healthy child.

Although she is reported to be considering it, the mother has yet to file a medical malpractice suit against the obstetrician, who has faced other medical malpractice claims in the past. While the period after the loss of a child is undoubtedly a confusing and emotionally charged time, many parents in New Jersey faced with similar situations have found success in the civil court system. When permanent injury or even death is the result of the failure to do a timely C-section, parents and families have the right to move forward with a claim against the attending health care provider.

Source: abc13.com, "Parents want answers after baby dies at East Houston Regional Medical Center", Tracy Clemons, Nov. 9, 2015

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