Baby Dropped on Head – Hospital Apology Not Forthcoming

If not for the father filming the birth of his twins, the parents would probably never know that a doctor dropped one of the babies on her head.  Medical staff in the delivery room would likely not baby Morgan’s parents that she was dropped and fell a few inches before landing on the bassinette. She was caught just before falling over the edge.

But countless people now know what happened. Because parents Derrick and Monique Rodgers got the runaround instead of an apology from Chandler Regional Medical Centre, they decided to go public with the video.

Derrick Rodgers told Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV News that “It made me so mad. Like, I had to stop recording”. He later approached a doctor but got the brush-off. “An apology when it happened could’ve gone a long way,” said Monique Rodgers.

The delivery room should be positive and a joyous memory; it is where your child enters the world. But health care workers can make delivery room errors that can result in injuries to the mother and/or her baby. If your infant has been injured during the birthing process, you may be entitled to recover damages from the party or parties responsible. Birth-injury lawyer Jeffrey Killino is dedicated to helping children and families obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact Jeffrey Killino at 877-875-2927 to learn about your legal options.

There are many birth injuries that can result from mistakes and negligence by medical personnel in the delivery room. One common injury includes brain bleed.

Brain Bleed

Derrick and Monique Rodgers weren’t even told until much later that Morgan underwent an ultrasound and had “a grade 1 germinal matrix small bleed,” which is a small brain hemorrhage.  Morgan was in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) for 12 days. On day five she had the ultrasound due to her low birth weight – she was just three pounds.

Bleeding can occur because blood vessels in a premature baby’s brain are very fragile and immature and easily rupture, according to a study published in Pediatric Research. Germinal matrix hemorrhage GMH) is a bleeding into the germinal matrix, which contains a network of fragile thin-walled blood vessels in the developing brain.  It is typically seen in very low birth-weight preemies. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, intraventricular hemorrhage of the newborn is bleeding into the fluid-filled areas inside the brain and there are four types, or “grades”.

Grades 1 and 2 involve a smaller amount of bleeding. Most of the time, there are no long-term problems as a result of the bleeding. Grade 1 is also referred to as germinal matrix hemorrhage. (Grades 3 and 4 involve more severe bleeding and up to one-third of babies can die.) Although GMH is not uncommon in babies born prematurely and it may have had nothing to do with the drop, the parents have cause to be concerned. Less than half of babies with lower-grade bleeding have long-term problems.

A second screening ultrasound is often done around the time the baby was expected to be born—the due date. Most NICUs have a follow-up program to closely monitor babies who have had this condition until they are at least 3 years old.” …MedlinePlus.

Although the twins are now home –with their two older siblings –and there are no serious concerns, the parents are taking Morgan to a neurologist in August as they noticed she is shaking. “She does this like tensing up and her body kind of shakes…

I would like to know if this was due to her having a low birth [weight] or if it was due to her being dropped on her head,” said Monique.

“There may be no symptoms, of IVH, but the most common seen in premature infants include seizures and other abnormal movements.” …Pediatric Research

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Medical Malpractice Complaint

Monique and Derrick Rogers want the hospital staff to be more careful and learn from this mistake and they may take legal action against the hospital, claiming that no one explained why their daughter suffered a brain haemorrhage days after her birth, Fox News reported. “No matter how small it is, I should’ve been notified that she was having an ultrasound done. I should’ve been notified of the results,” Monique said.

The hospital said in a statement (and reported by Fox News) that they can’t comment on specifics of the incident due to patient privacy laws. They said they’re taking the situation seriously and are investigating what took place, which likely includes watching Derrick’s video.

When the birth process doesn’t go according to plan, an infant might require a lifetime of medical care.

If a doctor or any health professional is found to be negligent during delivery, they should be held fully accountable for any physical or mental damages the baby experiences. The family of the affected child deserves the right to hold medical professionals and/or the hospital responsible.

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Attorney Jeffrey Killino is not only an experienced lawyer — he is also a child advocate. When a child is injured in the delivery room, he has the know-how and resources to guide you through the legal process to get what you and your family are entitled to. If your infant has suffered a traumatic injury or death because of medical negligence, Jeffrey Killino can help. Contact delivery room attorney Jeffrey Killino today at 877-875-2927.