Infant death sparks state investigation into hospital
In Houston, few things are worse than when a family is expecting a child and is hoping to bring home a healthy newborn infant, only to have something terrible happen, such as severe birth injury or death. Mistakes in the delivery room can have numerous consequences, including birth injuries to the child and even stillbirth. The mother also can suffer injuries if there is a mistake made during the delivery process.
An investigation is being conducted following the death of an infant at a local hospital. According to hospital administration, there were problems with communication that might have played a part in decisions that were made. The cause of the child's death was listed as stillbirth. A memo from the president of the hospital and the acting chief medical officer mention an "event" that occurred that resulted in the death of the infant, without going into detail. The state is reviewing the incident.
The United States is world-renowned for its professionalism and success rate when delivering healthy babies. However, the frequency with which women give birth to babies and the relatively low percentages of problems doesn't preclude the fact that giving birth to a newborn is a difficult process with many dangers to mother and baby. In some instances, the medical staff makes an error that results in the child suffering an injury that can affect his or her life forever, with massive costs to the family to care for a handicapped child. Errors can even result in death. There could be improper dispensing of medication, mistakes made with medical instruments, failure to perform a C-section if one is necessary and many other possible errors that result in injury or stillbirth. People need to be aware of the possibility of a medical error leading to birth injury or infant death.
In this case, the infant died and the medical facility is acknowledging that there were mistakes made during the birth. When a child suffers a birth injury or dies during the delivery process, the family should discuss the matter with an attorney before doing anything else.