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If a doctor fails to recognize the symptoms or diagnose a condition, the results can be debilitating to a newborn baby.
A fetal stroke can occur anytime between 14 weeks of gestation up and through labor and delivery. A neonatal stroke is a stroke that occurs with the first 28 days of a baby's life. It is estimated that 1 in every 3,000 babies experience a fetal stroke.
When blood flow to a baby's brain is either blocked or restricted, due to any number of factors, a stroke occurs. When blood supply is blocked, brain cells can die and this results in permanent brain injury.
There are a number of factors that can cause and contribute to a fetal stroke. Many of the circumstances surrounding a fetal stroke can be either prevented or promptly treated to reduce the risk or severity.
A fetal stroke is one of the most common causes of cerebral palsy in both term and pre-term babies. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and a fetal stroke often occurs together. Some of the known causes of a fetal stroke include:
In some instances, a healthy baby born after a pregnancy with no complications, suffers a neonatal stroke.
Every situation is different. If the stroke was severe, the injuries tend to be more debilitating. The level of brain damage that occurs can cause a number of complications and problems for a developing child. Some of the signs and symptoms are very obvious, while others may take months or even years to notice.
Some of the possible complications that can arise due to a fetal stroke include:
When a fetal or neonatal stroke is detected and diagnosed, it is imperative that medical treatment be administered immediately. There are a number of things doctors can do to limit the severity of a fetal stroke.
If a physician or medical professional fails to recognize a fetal stroke, or act quickly, greater cause to a baby can result. Physicians should have the experience, training, and knowledge necessary to handle any birth complications that arise. You should not have to bear the cost of injuries due to the mistake of a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider. If a health care provider causes damage, they should be held accountable.
If your baby suffered a fetal or neonatal stroke, contact Willens Law Offices today. We are experienced in handling birth injury cases. We will help you understand your rights and options. Call us at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form.
Coping with a birth related injury can be devastating. It can be expensive to care for a child that has suffered from a fetal stroke. You should not have to bear the cost of injuries due to the mistake of a doctor, nurse, or hospital. They should be held accountable.
The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
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