Wrongful Death Suit in Oregon Over Newborn’s Death
Losing a child is never easy, but it’s particularly painful when it feels like the child’s death somehow could have been prevented. This is what recently happened in Oregon, leading to Angela Marchant filing a $9 million wrongful death lawsuit over the death of her daughter. In her lawsuit, she claims the doctor in charge of her care was often absent or late in arriving during her very difficult delivery.
On July 22, 2016, Angela Marchant was admitted to the St. Charles Family Birthing Center in Bend, Oregon due to a slow progression of labor. By the time Dr. Mary Jane Davis began her shift that day, Marchant’s amniotic membranes had already been ruptured for several hours. Later that afternoon, Marchant began experiencing bleeding and in her lawsuit, she claims Davis failed to return in a timely manner to examine her or her baby. Later that night, Marchant’s daughter began exhibiting signs of being in distress, including tachycardia, which is an elevated heart rate.
Marchant’s labor continued into July 23rd and at about 9:30 PM that day, Davis ordered an immediate cesarean section. The procedure was not carried out until about half an hour later as they waited for consent forms to be processed. During that time, Merchant’s daughter was continuing to experience significant tachycardia, as well as oxygen deprivation.
When Marchant’s daughter, named Grace, was finally born, she was unconscious and needed immediate resuscitation. Grace was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she spent two days on life support. She was then removed from life support after showing no signs of brain activity and never gaining consciousness.
In addition to losing her child, Marchant’s family also incurred $300,000 in medical expenses and $4,700 in funeral and burial expenses.
Oxygen deprivation is one of the most dangerous conditions that can occur during childbirth. This case of example of its worst possible scenario — death. It’s one of the most common causes of infant death shortly after birth. But even if oxygen deprivation doesn’t result in death, it can have many serious effects, including cerebral palsy, vision impairment, loss of hearing, developmental delays, and neurological problems.
When it becomes clear that a baby isn’t getting enough oxygen, it’s very important that the medical professionals attending to the birth take appropriate measures to deliver the child as quickly as possible. Oxygen deprivation occurs in about 1 in 4 of every 1,000 full-term births, but premature babies face a higher risk. If your child experienced a loss of oxygen during delivery and you feel the doctor didn’t react quickly enough, don’t hesitate to contact a birth trauma lawyer. Just a few minutes without oxygen can have devastating effects, and if your child needs special care and treatment as a result, a lawyer will be able to answer all of your questions and help make sure your case is handled appropriately.