$9.4 Million for Ohio Child with Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive Impairments and Developmental Delays from Lack of Oxygen Caused by Cytotec and Delayed C-section Delivery

Detroit, Michigan Cytotec Attorneys

This case consisted of an expectant mother who, throughout her pregnancy, missed several of her prenatal appointments. Later in the pregnancy, she reported feeling less movement from the baby. Physicians and other medical personnel ran tests on the day of delivery, which showed that the baby was indeed not moving as much as previous gestational weeks. However, they decided that everything else seemed normal. Throughout this page, the Detroit, Michigan Cytotec attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers will discuss the points at which medical personnel exhibited medical malpractice and how their negligence harmed the baby.

This case settled for $3.75 million (total annuity payout: $9.4 Million).

Administering Cytotec: A Dangerous Decision

Cytotec Misuse, Fetal Oxygen Deprivation, Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), and Medical MalpracticeOn delivery day, physicians administered Cytotec to ripen the mother’s cervix. Cytotec, also known as misoprostol or prostaglandin E1, is commonly used by hospitals for labor induction. The drug’s approved use is for the treatment of ulcers, and recent safety alerts from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology warn that obstetrical use of the drug is dangerous for certain patients. Once Cytotec was administered, the baby and the mother responded poorly, indicating that the fetus was in distress and having problems with her heart rate.

Cytotec Misuse, Fetal Oxygen Deprivation, Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), and Medical Malpractice

The baby suffered loss of oxygen during labor (birth asphyxia; hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy / HIE) and had seizures and a brain bleed (hemorrhage) after birth. Now ten years old, she has cognitive defects, developmental delays, and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP). Plaintiff attorneys asserted that too much Cytotec was administered and, because the baby was having problems during labor, doctors should have performed a C-section earlier in the day. Defendant-attorneys’ position was that the minor’s brain damage and developmental delays are genetic or caused by events before her birth.


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