A birth injury refers to any damage sustained by a child during childbirth due to an error committed by medical personnel. While professionals consider minor bruising as normal, some infants suffer more severe injuries that can alter their lives forever. In most cases, infants who suffered from severe birth injury will require lifelong care, which, in turn, will affect the quality of life of their relatives.
Types of Birth Injury
Brain-related birth injuries usually develop from oxygen deprivation and can manifest in different ways. In cases of ischemia, for instance, the reaction to the deprivation is the draining the blood from the brain. Hemorrhage, meanwhile, occurs when the brain reacts to excessive blood flow.
Some brain-related injuries lead to the development of newborn jaundice and may cause a host of other conditions, such as B strep infection and meningitis. Meanwhile, oxygen deprivation to the blood or body can lead to cerebral palsy, which also happens to be the top brain injury related to birth trauma, as it affects about 800,000 children today. In severe cases, medical malpractice can even lead to the baby’s death.
Doctors Decapitate Baby during Childbirth
Missouri couple Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette filed a lawsuit against obstetricians Gilbert Webb and Susan Moore whose malpractice led to their baby Kaden Travis’ decapitation.
According to the report filed by the couple, Dr. Susan Moore told the couple that they will have to deliver their baby via caesarian section because of the child’s abnormal abdomen size.
Arteisha, however, went into premature labor at just 28 weeks and 5 days into her term. While Dr. Moore earlier announced that they would deliver the baby via C-section, the doctors reportedly refused to perform a C-section and insisted on trying to deliver the baby via a vaginal birth.
The report, moreover, revealed that while the doctors delivered the baby’s head in the first stage of the process, the abdomen’s size prevented the rest of the body from passing through the birth canal during the second.
At that point, Dr. Webb tried to dislodge the baby’s body by applying traction to his head, which resulted in the decapitation. Webb then decided to push the child’s head and body back into the birth canal and called for an emergency C-section.
The couple filed a lawsuit against the two doctors, in hope of receiving damages for medical negligence, wrongful death, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.