A birth injury lawsuit has been filed against medical professionals at Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois, alleging that they committed medical malpractice in performing a Caesarean section, which led to an infant’s death.
The Illinois mother who filed the lawsuit claims that the C-section was not performed in a timely manner, that medical personnel did not provide proper monitoring of the fetal heart rate, and that these mistakes led to the death of the child.
The mother was admitted to West Suburban on December 6, 2011 with ruptured membranes. She was admitted to Labor and Delivery one day later, where medical personnel performed an emergency C-section. The mother was found to have a uterine rupture which resulted in the loss of a substantial amount of blood. No pulse was detected in the baby. The child was transferred to Children’s Memorial Hospital where he died nine days after he was born.
According to the lawsuit, the staff’s failure to recognize the mother’s vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC) status and failure to perform a timely C-section were the cause of the baby’s death.
Caesarean sections are performed in about a third of U.S. births. Complications during Caesarean sections and delays in performing them are common causes of birth injuries.