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Medical malpractice suit blames infant's death on negligence

Worrying about one's own health is stressful enough, but when it comes to the health of one's children, few things are more important. Like others across the nation, most residents of Washington D.C. have no choice but to rely on the knowledge and training of doctors and hospital staff to ensure their children receive proper and adequate medical treatment. Sadly, a woman in another state recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that her trust in the hospital staff there was misplaced, as their negligence ultimately resulted in the death of her infant son.

The woman is suing both Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Marshal University Board of Governors after the death of one of her twins born at the hospital. While the baby was born prematurely and suffered from several health conditions, he was being treated in the NICU and was showing progress. Over the weeks following his birth, his condition continued to improve, and he was expected to be released from the hospital eventually, along with his twin brother.

Unfortunately, the infant developed sepsis from E. coli, as well as pneumonia. Medical documentation and X-rays from respiratory therapists showed that his condition was progressively worsening, the official complaint alleges. Despite this, health care staff is said to have failed to administer the proper medications, even after the baby vomited several times. Dopamine and Ampicillin -- medicines that could potentially have proved life-saving -- were not ordered until minutes before the infant's death, when it was already too late to treat his condition and save his life.

The lawsuit claims that the baby's rapidly and progressively deteriorating condition was treatable, and that the numerous conditions -- including sepsis, pneumonia and cardiac arrhythmia that caused him to suffer pain and distress and ultimately led to his untimely death -- could have been prevented. The suit alleges that the actions of the defendants constituted medical malpractice and negligence, and the plaintiff is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. Anyone in Washington, D.C. who has also suffered a loss due to the negligence of a doctor, surgeon or medical staff can seek the counsel of an attorney with experience in similar cases to discuss pursuing justice.

Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman blames Cabell Huntington Hospital for child's death", Kyla Asbury, June 1, 2017

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