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The umbilical cord is responsible for giving nutrients and oxygen to a baby's blood from the mother's bloodstream. Without it, a baby could not survive inside the womb. After a baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is cut and the baby begins to breath on it's own. Unfortunately, there are umbilical cord complications that can arise, putting a baby at serious health risks.
Umbilical cord complications are not a birth injury themselves. They often happen due to circumstances that cannot be prevented. However, if there is a problem with the cord and a doctor fails to either detect the problem or treat the problem quickly, a birth injury can occur.
Here are some of the most common types of umbilical cord complications, that left untreated or undetected, can cause injury to an infant:
Nuchal Cord – this occurs when the cord becomes coiled around a baby's neck. It can be wrapped around a single time or multiple times. It is not a uncommon scenario, it's estimated that it happens in up to 30% of all births. It often occurs for no apparent reason, but there are certain risk factors that contribute to it. It can happen if the infant is larger than average, in the case of carrying twins, if there is an excessive amount of amniotic fluid, or if the baby is breech or in shoulder position during birth.
In some cases the issue with the cord is corrected before delivery. However, if left untreated, a baby is at risk for:
Umbilical Cord Prolapse – this is where the umbilical cord slips through the mother's cervix during labor and delivery. So the cord drops through before the baby's head does, which can lead to the cord getting trapped or wrapped around the infant's body. It's estimated that it occurs in 1 out of every 300 births.
If the umbilical cord prolapse is not detected or treated quickly, a baby can be deprived of oxygen, leading to many different types of birth injuries that can result in long-term disabilities such as cerebral palsy and in some cases death.
Knotted Umbilical Cord – a cord can become knotted if a baby moves around in the amniotic fluid and moves through the cord, creating a knot. The knot typically remains loose, but in some cases it can tighten and become restricted during delivery. If the knot gets too tight it can cut off blood flow and oxygen to the baby. If left unnoticed or untreated, a birth injury can occur.
Other umbilical cord complications can include cord stricture and umbilical cord cysts.
If your baby has suffered a birth injury due to an umbilical cord complication, you may have legal rights and options. If the physician failed to detect the problem or failed to treat it quickly or in the right way, contact Willens Law Offices now. We will help you understand your rights.
You should not have to bear the cost of injuries due to the mistake of a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider. If a healthcare provider causes damage, they should be held accountable. Call us at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your FREE consultation.
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