If a baby experiences shoulder dystocia during birth, the odds are good that any future children from that mother will experience the same issue. Doctors can take steps to prepare for it.
However, that did not happen to one mother in England. She just won a £5.8m payout for the hospital’s negligence. BBC reports.
When the woman had her second child, it became stuck due to shoulder dystocia, a condition that happens when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck on the pelvis of the mother. This happened with her first child too, but doctors were able to free the child unharmed. That did not happen with the second child.
The child couldn’t breathe and suffered disability due to oxygen starvation. He has cerebral palsy and cannot talk or use the bathroom six years after his birth. Walking is also difficult.
Why did it happen? The hospital did not have notes on the previous birth and the mother was not warned of any risks that her second child could experience the same issue.
The hospital has apologized and said they have taken steps to prevent a similar case in the future. In addition to the lump payment, he will also receive ongoing payments throughout his life for his medical needs.
If you ever feel that your doctors are ignoring your medical history, speak up. You could be saving your life or the life of your baby.