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Family of nearly brain dead woman files medical malpractice suit

Many Louisiana residents can relate to the feelings of excitement and anxiety that come with the anticipation of childbirth. Although parents who are expecting worry about the outcome, in most cases, the experience ends with both mother and newborn happy and healthy. However, sometimes complications arise and the long-awaited event ends quite differently. In a tragic example, a woman endured a birth experience that left her in a vegetative state. Her family recently filed a lawsuit accusing her doctors and the hospital of medical malpractice.

In July of last year, the 34-year-old woman was admitted to the high-risk obstetrics department at a hospital in a different state, as she suffered from both high blood pressure and diabetes. According to a family source, while in the hospital, the woman complained to staff that she was having trouble breathing. As well, she had repeatedly requested a cesarean section, but apparently her doctors had said they preferred she deliver the baby naturally. An expert has since reviewed her medical records and has provided an affidavit stating that the patient suffered from preeclampsia, a highly treatable condition if diagnosed and treated promptly. Treatment typically includes administration of magnesium and delivery via C-section.

Reportedly, after hours of complaining of pain and discomfort, the woman eventually went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing altogether for approximately 20 minutes. Doctors then performed an emergency C-section. Although she was resuscitated, the woman remains in a vegetative state, and although she can breathe on her own, doctors have told her family she has lost anywhere from 85 to 96 percent of her brain activity.

The lawsuit claims that the patient's injuries resulted from multiple occurrences of gross negligence, including the medical team's decision to continue to induce labor even as her vital signs indicated distress. Although this woman's future is uncertain, sadly, her prognosis does not look good. Often, Louisiana residents who have endured a similar situation consult with a medical malpractice attorney who can apprise them of their legal options.

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