Florida Mom Sues Hospital for Negligence Leading to Cerebral Palsy

Shay Morrigan | November 21st, 2012 | Posted in Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit News

Florida resident Mandi J. Boyd filed a new medical negligence lawsuit on October 1, 2012. The case is currently proceeding in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi.

Boyd is filing on behalf of her son, Samuel. She claims that because of mistakes made by the obstetrician William W. Johnson, M.D., and the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union Country, Inc., Samuel suffers permanent brain injuries, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, disfigurement, and other serious and permanent injuries.

Plaintiff claims medical negligence

According to her complaint, Boyd maintained prenatal care with Dr. Johnson during her pregnancy, and had several sonograms, which all showed that the baby was healthy and developing normally. On October 9, 2006, she went into the hospital to have her labor induced, as she was past her due date.

Boyd was placed on an electronic fetal monitor, which records and prints the baby’s heart rate and the mother’s contractions during labor. At that time, the fetal heart rate was normal. Shortly afterward, medical professionals started her on Pitocin to induce her labor. Pitocin carries a risk of too frequent contractions and fetal distress.

The nurse increased the Pitocin to a level well in excess of the hospital’s standard orders, causing the fetal heart rate to rise.

Baby shows cerebral palsy symptoms

No attempts were made to correct the heart rate problems. Eventually, Dr. Johnson attempted a forceps assisted delivery, but was unsuccessful. Boyd was taken to the operating room for cesarean section. When Samuel was delivered, he wasn’t breathing, he was “floppy,” and he did not respond to stimuli. The pediatrician on staff reported he showed no signs of life whatever.

Causes of cerebral palsy: oxygen deprivation

Samuel was transferred to North Mississippi Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit. On October 16, 2006, he went through an MRI, which revealed injuries consistent with oxygen deprivation—one of the causes of cerebral palsy. Today, Samuel suffers from cerebral palsy symptoms and will remain dependent on others for all activities of daily living.

Had the doctor and other healthcare professionals acted within the standards of care, Boyd says Samuel’s heart rate patterns would have been properly evaluated and appropriate measures taken in a timely way to delivery him promptly and avoid the injuries he has sustained.

If your child suffered because healthcare professionals were slow to respond to signs of distress, you may also be eligible for a medical negligence lawsuit. The attorneys at Balkin & Eisbrouch have over 40 years experience with cases that include cerebral palsy symptoms, and can help you navigate the legal pathways to find justice for yourself and your family.