Updates to our Terms of Use

We are updating our Terms of Use. Please carefully review the updated Terms before proceeding to our website.

Sunday, June 16, 2024 | Back issues
Courthouse News Service Courthouse News Service

Asphyxia Brain Damaged 2nd Twin, Mom Says

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - Kaiser Permanente's botched prenatal, labor, delivery and post-natal care for a pregnancy, leaving her baby brain damaged, says a newborn's mother in a complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court.

The minor plaintiff, born after his twin, who had died in utero, developed hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, according to the complaint.

Kaiser botched "the examinations, ultrasounds, evaluations, diagnosis, care and treatment" of mother and son, her complaint says.

Kaiser also "failed to properly advise the plaintiff's mother of any possible alternative methods of diagnosis and treatment and the possible attendant risks or diagnosis or treatment thereby failing to obtain a free and informed consent," according to the complaint.

Because of his illness, the boy will need "past and future medical care, nursing care, attendant, rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, educational therapy and attendant expenses," according to the complaint. He also has lost earning capacity, and experienced severe pain and physical and emotional suffering, according to the complaint.

The woman claims in her complaint that defendants, Children's Hospital of Orange County and 10 doctors, were negligent in caring for her newborn's multiple injuries related to his hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, including, his kidneys, his neurologic system and his heart. These defendants were negligent in failing to appropriately monitor and treat the baby's hypertension, which ultimately caused additional damage to his kidneys, heart and brain, according to the complaint.

Plaintiffs sue for medical malpractice and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and are represented by Marshall Silberberg of Irvine.

Categories / Uncategorized

Subscribe to Closing Arguments

Sign up for new weekly newsletter Closing Arguments to get the latest about ongoing trials, major litigation and hot cases and rulings in courthouses around the U.S. and the world.