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Hypoxia: What it means for the health and well being of your baby

When medical personnel make mistakes during the process of delivering a baby, innocent babies and their mothers can suffer greatly. It is frightening and overwhelming for Illinois parents to learn that their newborn suffered an injury during the birth process. In many cases, these injuries lead to permanent defects, resulting in a life of complex medical needs and challenges.

One of the issues that occurs often during birth is hypoxia. Hypoxia, or intrauterine hypoxia, is the deprivation of oxygen for the fetus. This can happen before the actual delivery, during the birth process or immediately after. If your child suffered from hypoxia during his or her birth, it could be the result of medical negligence or mistake.

How does it happen?

Sadly, hypoxia occurs rather frequently during birth, and some of the most common reasons for this include:

  • Sedation of the mother
  • Prolonged labor
  • Delivery of breech-position baby
  • Problems with the umbilical cord
  • Malnutrition of the fetus
  • Placental insufficiency
  • Infection
  • Umbilical cord prolapse

You may be wondering how this can happen during birth since doctors and nurses closely monitor vital signs and oxygen levels of both the mother and the baby. Doctors can miss important signs of a problem or neglect to act quickly enough when either the mom or the baby begins showing signs of distress.

The effects of hypoxia

Once the brain suffers damage, nothing can reverse it. In severe cases of hypoxia, the baby may be left with brain damage that could affect everything from development to cognition. While there are some things that can be done immediately after the birth to minimize the damage to the brain, in many cases, all that is left to do is ensure that the baby gets care specific to his or her needs.

The care your child deserves

Hypoxia can have detrimental effects on a baby in a matter of a few moments. In the passing of just seconds, your family could be facing a lifetime of medical needs and costly treatment. Your child deserves quality care, and a civil claim may be an appropriate way to secure the compensation you need to provide it.

If a medical mistake or error caused your family irreparable harm, you do not have to suffer through the aftermath alone. You may seek to hold liable parties accountable, and you have the right to fight for the best possible future for your baby as well.

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