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Feeding tube error leaves baby with brain damage

Certain patient populations in Bozeman may be particularly susceptible to severe health complications stemming from medical errors. Included among these are newborns. While advances in clinical science have made the process of childbirth and antenatal care seem rather routine, the reality is that this is still a potentially dangerous period for babies. Any mistakes made during or in the hours or days after the birthing process can have catastrophic effects. Sadly, it is the parents and the babies themselves that are left to deal with the consequences.

A young California girl and her family face a future full of these consequences after she suffered brain damage while in the newborn intensive care unit in the days following her birth. Her mother has since had to quit her job in order to care for her as struggles with cerebral palsy. The cause of her brain damage came from an allegedly improperly-calibrated feeding tube placed in the NICU. The machine actually gave her too much food, which altered the composition of her blood to the point of it being unable to carry oxygen to her brain. By the time the error was discovered, the damage that occurred was irreversible. A jury recently awarded the family $20 million to go towards the girl’s continued care. This amount is the largest settlement ever awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit to date in California.

Doctors and nurses are only human, and thus medical mistakes are to be expected. Yet given the impact that they can have on patients’ lives, one may argue that such errors should not be tolerated. Those seeking compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit may face an uphill battle in proving their claims. An attorney may provide the assistance needed in order to make a strong case.

Source: 10News “Family awarded $20 million for hospital’s error” Chen, Michael, Apr. 13, 2016

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