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Couple sues after doctors attempt vaginal delivery of breech baby

When it comes to the medical field, promises very rarely exist. A health care provider may advise or even champion a certain procedure, medication, or practice while dismissing the risks. Yet patients and providers in Providence should both know that, while studies and experience may indicate strong probabilities, it’s impossible to guarantee the success of a procedure to every patient. If a patient leaves a consultation feeling that way, the provider may be viewed as having misled him or her in an effort to recruit them to the provider’s practice or facility.

Such is the allegation being made by a Seattle couple who trusted what they had been told by the staff at an Oregon hospital as a perceived promise of the success of the procedure they were seeking there. With their unborn baby in a breech position, the couple had come to hospital after being told by its doctors that they could deliver the baby vaginally, going against the current medical convention of a C-section. However, when complications in the delivery process arose, the couple alleges that doctors insisted on proceeding, ultimately causing trauma to the newborn that left him with severe brain damage.

The couple has now filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the facility and the doctors who treated the wife and the baby. The suit maintains that the hospital’s doctors gave little heed to the potential risks involved with the procedure they were attempting, and that adequate care was not provided to their newborn son in time to avoid permanent damage.

As this couple’s suit maintains, the public has to be able to trust what doctors say, because mistakes, especially those that lead to birth injuries, can be life-altering. Those in a similar situation to this couple may want to speak with a personal injury attorney about seeking compensation from any medical providers whose mistakes lead to their babies’ birth injuries.

Source: “OHSU faces $25.6 million malpractice lawsuit over vaginal delivery or breech baby” Helen Jung, Sep. 24, 2013

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