Delaware physicians aim to provide medical care that is in the best interest of the patients and strive to do no harm. Physicians are human, can make mistakes and sometimes execute poor judgment when caring for patients. Unfortunately when a medical mistake occurs, it can result in a lifetime of medical care and consequences for the patient. One mother is promoting a one-armed cartwheel challenge to make people aware of problems that patients experience after unfortunate birth injuries.
The woman's son became stuck during delivery. She explains that his shoulder was rotated and would not move as her physician was trying to deliver him. Reportedly, the physician was concerned about her son's condition and was trying to quickly deliver him to medically intervene. He did survive the birth but suffered nerve and tendon damage called Brachial Plexus Palsy.
Physicians did recognize the injury immediately after birth and began intervention. As an infant, he was placed in a brace to stabilize his shoulder, and he has required more than one surgery. He continues to have physical therapy on his arm, but it will never be normal. The mother reports the injury has resulted in her son's body taking longer to heal from cuts, and the injured arm is smaller than his other one. Despite the injury, they have learned to adjust life to allow him to be as active and independent as possible.
Sadly, birth injuries can result in a lifetime of medical care and treatment, giving a child no opportunity to experience life without medical issues. Not only do parents have to manage financing medical care for their child, but many may mourn the loss of the life their child could have had. Delaware parents that feel overwhelmed with trying to manage medical expenses following their child's injury could benefit from speaking to a medical malpractice attorney to examine any legal options they might have to seek compensation.
Source: abc27.com, "Halifax mom issues challenge to raise birth injury awareness", Mike Parker, Sept. 29, 2017