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Withheld County, MA

In this medical malpractice matter, the plaintiff mother pregnant with twins, alleged that the defendants were negligent in failing to timely treat her kidney infection, and failing to timely diagnose and treat abnormal lab values, resulting in placental abruption. The infant, one of the twins, was born blue, limp, and lacking a heartbeat. The infant was later, diagnosed with a brain injury. The defendants denied negligence, and maintain that the child’s injuries were related to its prematurity.

The female plaintiff mother was admitted to the hospital at 30 weeks gestation with twins for high blood pressure, and pre-term labor. She was transferred to another hospital, since her labor was progressing. Shortly after her admission, the plaintiff mother spiked a high fever, and the babies, who had previously had normal heart beats, were showing signs of tachycardia, and the babies’ heart rates remained elevated for three hours.

The defendant nurse advised both the defendant resident and the defendant attending ob/gyn who examined the plaintiff, diagnosed that she was suffering from a kidney infection. The defendants ordered the immediate administration of antibiotics, but the medication was not administered for one and one-half hours following the orders.

Later that day, the infant’s heartbeats showed decelerations. At that time, the defendant nurse called the defendant resident, but the resident failed to examine the plaintiff mother. Approximately 15 minutes later, the nurse received troublesome lab results, which indicated a concern for bleeding.

The mother began to visibly bleed, which the plaintiff maintained was indicative of placental abruption.The infants were delivered within 10 minutes by emergency Cesarean section, while one minor plaintiff twin was born blue, limp, and without a heartbeat. She was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit for ten days, and then transferred to another hospital’s NICU.

At 23 days of life, the infant developed a blood infection which was treated, but returned weeks later. At four months of age, the child was diagnosed with meningitis, and at eight months of age, the child underwent an MRI that showed the child suffered from periventricular leokomalacia. During this time, she was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant nurse and the defendant physicians, alleging negligence. The plaintiff contended that the defendants were negligent in failing to timely administer the antibiotics, and in failing to properly monitor the plaintiff mother and plaintiff infants.

The defendants denied the allegations, and disputed that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by any negligence on the part of the defendants. Rather, the defendants contended that the plaintiff’s injuries were a result of prematurity, including multiple infections that the plaintiff suffered after her birth.

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