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Oxygen Deprivation at Birth Can Lead to Extensive Damages

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California birth injury attorneysFor many men and women, the birth of a child is a joyous and exciting time in their lives. For some parents, though, their joy is overcome by worry and anxiety when their baby is born with obvious signs that there is something wrong. An estimated 25 out of 1,000 live births suffer from birth asphyxia, or oxygen deprivation before, during or after birth. Birth asphyxia typically occurs in developing countries where mothers have no or limited access to health care, but the numbers of these incidences in the United States has been rising. Oxygen deprivation can cause extensive damage to the brain and can leave a child with lifelong injuries.

Illinois Family is Granted $50 Million for Child’s Severe and Permanent Brain Injuries

In a recent case, an Evanston, Illinois family was given a multimillion-dollar award for a child’s brain injury caused by severe oxygen deprivation before birth. The family argued that the healthcare workers failed to recognize that the child was in distress in the womb, which was indicated by the fetal monitor, and prescribed Pitocin, a drug that is used to speed up a mother’s contractions, which put the child into further distress. When the child was born, he was blue, was not able to breathe on his own and had an abnormal heart rate. Physicians and nurses did chest compressions on the child in an effort to get oxygen to his brain, but he suffered a hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which caused him to develop cerebral palsy. Now nine-years-old, the child has trouble with everyday tasks, has a limited vocabulary, hearing loss and has difficulty walking.

Symptoms of Oxygen Deprivation at Birth

While there are various things that could cause oxygen deprivation during birth, many of them are preventable with proper medical observation. Usually, you can tell if there is something wrong with your child, which can indicate oxygen deprivation. Symptoms of birth asphyxia include:

  • Weak or lack of breathing;
  • Weak reflexes;
  • Poor muscle tone;
  • Skin that has a blue or gray color;
  • Low heart rate; and
  • Seizures.

Have Your Case Reviewed by San Jose Birth Injury Lawyer

Knowing that your child has suffered some sort of birth injury at the hands of your doctor, a person you were supposed to be able to trust, can be devastating. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of oxygen deprivation, you should immediately contact a Santa Clara County birth injury attorney who can help you look over your case. The compassionate attorneys at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. are committed to helping you seek compensation for your child’s injuries. To begin the process, call the office at 408-289-1417 to set up a consultation.

Sources:

https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/clinical-care/jury-awards-50m-northshore-health-malpractice-suit

https://www.birthinjuryguide.org/brain-damage/causes/lack-of-oxygen-at-birth-causes-long-term-effects-for-babies/

https://www.seattlechildrens.org/conditions/airway/birth-asphyxia/

 

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