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Excessive force during birth lead to spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury is being blamed on a traumatic birth. The parents of the baby that was affected have filed a claim that names Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, a doctor and two nurses as defendants. As of now, all of the statements made in the case have been made by the parents' claim and haven't been proven in court.

The issue began when the pregnant woman began to feel cramping and back pain when she was 34 weeks pregnant. She was taken to the hospital around 2:30 in the morning and found that no physician was working at that hospital. The woman was transferred via ambulance to another hospital where a doctor was working.

The hospital where the woman was sent didn't have fetal monitors or other equipment that would have been necessary for a high risk birth. When she arrived at that hospital, she was told it was time to push. That was at 3:30 in the morning. At 6:10 a.m., the doctor called to consult with an on-call obstetrician. That means the woman was pushing for almost three hours without having the baby.

When the baby was delivered, the claim alleges that the doctor pulled the baby's body out by using excessive force. The baby was born with a distended abdomen and face-up instead of face down. The birth occurred at 6:15.

At the time of her birth, the baby scored only a one on the APGAR test. She needed to be resuscitated, and the Neonatal Transport Team was called. It was determined that a newborn warmer was needed; however, one wasn't available at the hospital. It didn't arrive at the hospital until after 8:00 that morning. The baby's heart rate increased in the warmer.

The baby was intubated around 9:00 in the morning when the NTT arrived. She was taken to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit around 11:20 that morning.

The lawsuit claims that the injured spinal cord was because of the force of the doctor during the delivery. Also addressed in the claim include the lack of a Caesarean section and lack of following proper protocol.

Parents who go through a similar situation might decide to take action like this family did. Understanding how to do so is crucial, so prompt action must be taken if that is a consideration.

Source: CBC News, "Baby's brain damage blamed on hospital delivery," Kelly Malone, Aug. 25, 2016

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