When children are born, many parents take one look at them and think they are perfect. Of course, that is not necessarily always true. In some cases, children can be born with birth defects or other issues that need immediate medical attention. While parents hope that the medical staff will properly attend to their children, surgery gone wrong could have horrifying outcomes.
New Jersey readers may be interested in one situation that affected an out-of-state family. Reports indicated that a couple's child had been born with a birth defect that resulted in her having excess tissue in her airway. As a result, she had to undergo operations to remove that extra tissue. The child had the operation multiple times, which involved the use of a laser to burn away the tissue, but after one of the procedures, the doctor informed the mother that complications had resulted.
The medical staff reportedly told the mother that the child's airway had been burned during the surgery, but that the injury was minor. However, the harm the child suffered was much more severe, including burns stretching the length of her airway all the way to her mouth. The child suffered this outcome in May and has been hospitalized since then. The parents have filed a lawsuit against the hospital and doctors associated with the case as they believe negligence contributed to the injuries and other damages.
As this case shows, a surgery gone wrong can leave a life hanging in the balance. If New Jersey residents have suffered injuries themselves or had loved ones suffer serious harm due to negligent actions of hospital staff, they may want to consider their legal options. Filing medical malpractice claims could help interested parties pursue justice and compensation for damages resulting from such events.