A man whose common-law wife and twin daughters died during their delivery says he intends to sue the doctors involved for birthing malpractice. Tafari Brathwaite says they tried to deliver the babies naturally even though Victoria Rexach told them she needed a C-section.
At the time of the delivery, Rexach, 30, was 5 ½ months pregnant with the girls. The three of them died on August 28, 2014.
Rexach previously had two cesarean sections. Her doctor, a high-risk specialist, had said she should have the procedure again this time around. However, when Rexach went into labor prematurely, doctors at Richmond University Medical Center chose natural childbirth even though, contends her family, the hospital knew that she couldn’t deliver naturally. The believe Rexach would still be alive today if they had performed the surgery.
Sometimes, performing an unplanned C-section can make a huge difference for an infant and its mother, especially during an emergency situation.
Reasons for a C-Section:
• Delayed labor • Signs of distress from the mother or baby • The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck • The mother has an infection that could be contracted by the infant • Fetopelvic disproportion • Maternal disorders • The mother has had a previous C-section and her doctor believes it is better for her to have another one • Tumor in the pelvis • The baby is still in a head down position and its almost time for the delivery date • There is more than one baby in the womb • The mother is too weak to undergo natural childbirth
Then there are the C-sections that are performed but were not necessary. These can result in complications or injuries to the mother or child that could otherwise have been avoided.
Failure to perform a C-section when needed and performing an unnecessary cesarean delivery may both be grounds for cesarean delivery medical malpractice if serious and avoidable injuries resulted and negligence or carelessness by a medical professional was a factor. In Massachusetts, contact our Birthing malpractice lawyers at Altman & Altman LLP today.
Mom, twins die after hospital doesn’t do C-section, USA Today, September 11, 2014
OHSU doctor: Many C-sections unnecessary, KGW, August 21, 2014
C-section, Mayo Clinic
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