The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed country in the world (1). There are myriad reasons for this devastating fact, one of which is that hospitals across the country can be terribly unprepared for maternal emergencies. In a recent USA Today story, journalists examined billing records from seven million births in…
Jahi McMath underwent routine surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids. After surgery, nurses failed to pay proper attention to Jahi’s vital signs and react to excessive blood loss. Jahi’s mother had to scream for help, but when the physicians arrived, Jahi’s heart stopped beating and she had to be resuscitated. Jahi’s brain was deprived of oxygen and the hospital has delcared her to be brain dead.
The number of annual deaths caused by medical negligence is shocking, and it is on the rise.