The birth of a child is supposed to be the happiest day in a parent's life; it should not be a time for parents to worry about the health of a mother or be concerned that a doctor's negligence could cost a mother her life. Even though the health and well-being of a mother is an important part of the delivery and the number of fatal deliveries has dropped in New York as medicine improves, there are still some mothers who will lose their lives during labor each year.
Sadly, one of the most recent mothers to die following the birth of a child was a 28-year-old woman in the Bronx. She had given birth to a daughter last year at the Montefiore Medical Center and tragically died just 12 days later. Now, her husband is filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital for its role in his wife's death.
According to the lawsuit, the young resident who delivered the girl allegedly left a piece of the placenta in the mother's uterus, something that many people within the medical field agree can cause serious complications. One obstetrician and gynecologist has said that leaving part of the placenta within the uterus could prevent the uterus from sufficiently contracting and, thus, would be unable to stop the pleading.
In this case, the resident was apparently removing the placenta by hand when it broke, forcing her to remove it in pieces. The mother's medical record, however, notes that it was removed intact, which would be impossible if a piece was left within the uterus.
What is of most concern to the father, however, is that his daughter is going to grow up without ever knowing her mother.
Source: The New York Post, "Bronx woman died after childbirth due to botched placenta removal: lawsuit," Susan Edelman, Feb. 10, 2013
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