Inadequate hospital care kills many infants in hospitals ever year. These accidents are devastating to new mothers and sometimes preventable. A mother who is also a nurse is outraged by the treatment that her premature daughter received at a hospital. The woman said that doctors and nurses at the hospital could have prevented her daughter’s death from a bowel infection that primarily impacts premature babies.
“Her death was premature and preventable, and that’s exactly what was read by the jury,” the mother said. She was awarded over $11 million in a medical malpractice suit this week.
The mother knew something was wrong when she visited her daughter in the hospital and found her nonresponsive. The baby’s alarm was turned off and there was no nurse with the premature child. The mother says that the medical staff at the hospital failed to detect the infection or properly react to the infant’s deteriorating health.
“They overlooked a lot of issues, associating it as normal preemie behavior,” the mother said.
“It’s the final chapter. You can never move on, but you can move forward instead of it being a roadblock. To save other babies I had to sacrifice mine.”
The mother stresses that families need to speak up and become engaged in their child’s healthcare to prevent a similar situation from happening.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions of medical staff,” the mother urges. “Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion. If you’re gut is telling you something is wrong, go with it.”