Delayed cesarean for second twin?
<court>Undisclosed Ohio venue</court>
Following the vaginal birth of the first child in a set of twins, the second child began to experience prolonged deep decelerations. His heart rate remained at 60 to 80 beats per minutes for 17 minutes before a cesarean delivery was ordered. The infant suffered acute hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
In suing, the plaintiff argued the defendants were negligent in not initiating cesarean delivery sooner.
- The parties settled for $800,000.
The cases in this column are selected by the editors of OBG Management from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts, with permission of the editor, Lewis Laska, of Nashville, Tenn (www.verdictslaska.com). While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.