The following blog entry is written from a defendant’s position during pre-trial litigation. Reviewing this kind of briefing should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties in a medical malpractice case present such issues to the court.
(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury case and its proceedings.)
STATEMENT OF FACTS
Joan White was a 26-year-old G2, P1 who was under the obstetrical care of Dr. Cindy Brown. Ms. White had previously been under the care of Dr. Brown for the delivery of her first child only 11 months before this incident. At the time of this incident, Ms. White was pregnant with diamnaiotic, dichorionic twins. Dr. Brown’s notes indicate that Ms. White had been without significant complaints until she was admitted to Universal Memorial Hospital at 23 weeks, two days gestation for tocolysis due to premature labor.
Ms. White underwent tocolytic therapy for two days at the hospital before it became apparent that the drugs were not working. She continued to go into labor and became fully dilated. At that point, Dr. Brown had discussions with Ms. and Mr. White about the poor prognosis for babies at such an early gestation. Dr. Greene, a neonatologist, also discussed the poor prognosis for babies born with such extreme prematurity.
The babies were delivered by cesarean section on XX/XX/2005. Baby A had APGARs of 2, 6 and 8, with a birth weight of 532 grams. Baby B had APGARs of 5 and 7 (no value reported for 10 minutes), with a birth weight of 560. Both babies were admitted to the NICU with a multitude of system problems, as would be expected of such premature infants.
By the second day of birth, both infants went into shock from multi-system failure and died. The cause of death for both children was listed as extreme prematurity and intra cranial hemorrhage. (See Part 3 of 9.)
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