In 2015 in the United States alone, there were 3,978,497 child births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, many of these births did not go as planned. According to a long-term study produced by USA Today, approximately 50,000 women suffer severe injuries during childbirth each year, while 700 of these cases are fatal. The study named the United States as the most dangerous developed nation for childbirth, which has been attributed to the lack of care in our nation’s hospitals.
The United States often touts having the best, state-of-the-art technology installed in hospitals around the nation, while also boasting its top-of-the-line care in its treatment facilities. This, however, is overshadowed by the extreme number of injuries and deaths that occur because of inadequate care during childbirth. According to USA Today, Ali Lowry, a new mother from Ohio, alleged that she suffered from severe internal bleeding which led her to undergoing a life-saving hysterectomy after having a baby via Cesarean section (C-section).
While making her way back to the maternity ward with her newborn baby around 4:00 AM, she began to feel uneasy. Within minutes, she lost her vision and her blood pressure dropped significantly. This was attributed to severe internal bleeding, which was occurring unbeknownst to her. Around 7:00 AM, Ms. Lowry was moved to intensive care, where she was receiving blood transfusions and being prepped for emergency surgery to remove the blood that had pooled up in her abdomen.
The hospital where she was admitted alleged to have stopped the internal bleeding, though Ms. Lowry continued to bleed. Hospital personnel claimed it was ordinary post-partum bleeding at this point, however she remained unconscious and on a ventilator. She went into cardiac arrest shortly after from the severe amount of blood loss. From there, she was airlifted to another hospital in Ohio, where she received an emergency hysterectomy, which ultimately saved her life.
Sustaining an injury during childbirth should be the last thing on a new mother’s mind, as childbirth should be a joyous occasion. Unfortunately, that joyous occasion can be overshadowed by the threat of injury or death. With the United States being the most dangerous developed nation to give birth in, it is no surprise that soon-to-be mothers are giving greater consideration to the healthcare facility they choose to give birth in.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while giving birth to a child, it is imperative that you contact an experienced New York personal injury and medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to advise you regarding your legal rights and remedies. The attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas are skilled personal injury attorneys that can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. Call our Brooklyn personal injury law office at (718) 238-2400 or for our Manhattan personal injury law office call (212) 779-2400.