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Texas mother considers lawsuit after baby dies during birth

A young mother in Houston, Texas has accused a doctor of botching the delivery of her baby, which led to the baby’s death. In a Facebook post that went viral, the mother’s aunt posted a detailed and horrific account of the delivery.

The aunt alleges that during the delivery, the baby boy became stuck in the birth canal. Despite the family’s repeated requests for the doctor to conduct an emergency C-section, the doctor elected to use a vacuum to suction the baby out of the canal. The doctor continued to use the suction, causing physical harm to both the baby and the mother. The doctor then allegedly pulled the baby out and broke his clavicle in the process. The baby was then pronounced dead. 

Although the doctor claims that the baby was stillborn, the mother and her family disagree. They believe that the doctor mismanaged the delivery and caused the death of the newborn. They want the doctor to be held accountable for her actions, and they are considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Notably, the doctor has already been sued two times for medical malpractice. According to records from the Texas Medical Board, the doctor has a history of failing to meet the required standard of care during deliveries. The doctor was disciplined in 2014 after four different patients complained of similar experiences during their deliveries. After investigating the complaints, the Texas Medical Board found that the doctor failed to meet the accepted standard of care in obstetrics for three of the four patients.

Under Texas law, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to competently perform his or her medical duties, which results in a patient’s injury or death. In order to hold the doctor liable, it must be proven that the doctor’s conduct fell below the proper standard of care.

If your baby was injured during delivery, your may have a medical malpractice claim. Consider speaking with an experienced attorney, who can evaluate your case and help you decide what to do next.


Source: HoustonPress, “Houston Doctor Accused of Botching Dead Infant’s Delivery,” Leif Reigstad, Nov. 10, 2015 

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