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Twin's death prompts parents to file medical malpractice claim

Expecting twins can be an overwhelming experience. Unfortunately, out-of-state parents who delivered their children in a state neighboring New York suffered through something far worse than two newborns crying at the same time. In a medical malpractice claim filed against the hospital and the attending medical staff, the parents claim that one of their twins died because of negligence.

The mother went into labor in August 2014, and the twins' father was also in attendance during the labor. There did not appear to be any complications with the first twin's birth, but that was not the case for the second twin. The second child had an excessively slowed heart rate that led to a deprivation of oxygen. After the second twin was born, the father was shocked at his condition.

The failure of attending staff to respond to alarms indicating a slow heart rate and the subsequent vacuum delivery allegedly led to the child's perinatal asphyxia. This condition -- which was caused by the oxygen deprivation -- led the boy to being placed in the neonatal intensive care unit at a different hospital. After two days of life support it became clear that he would not survive the condition, and he died six hours after being removed from support.

Aside from the extensive medical bills that are usually heaped on grieving parents in situations such as this, the emotional impact of losing a child can be a lifelong burden. Medical malpractice lawsuits can provide valuable compensation for parents and other victims of medical negligence, which can then be applied to current and future medical needs as well as lifelong pain and suffering. Perhaps just as important, successfully navigating these claims to completion can protect future New York patients from suffering similar outcomes.

Source: nj.com, "Couple sues hospital, doctors for malpractice after twin dies", Greg Wright, July 12, 2016

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