Chicago, Illinois – A woman is suing the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) for alleged medical malpractice that caused her infant to develop a condition known as cerebral palsy (CP) while a fetus.
On behalf of her child Dylin Blanchard, Illinois resident Latoya Blanchard has filed a suit against the medical center on 29th June in the circuit court of Cook County.
On 28th March, 2011, when the plaintiff was seven weeks pregnant, she started receiving care from the Maternal Fetal Medicine & Genetics Department of the defendant, according to the suit. Then Latoya Blanchard told her doctor that her earlier pregnancy had aborted at 22 weeks because of fetal demise, the lawsuit claims.
On 31st March and 26th April, Latoya Blanchard made routine visits to the medical center, the complaint says. She had never undergone an ultrasound till then, according to the suit. On 28th June, the fetal heart rate (FHR) was 143bpm and Blanchard’s cervix had been dilated to 48mm, the complaint states.
On 21st July, Latoya Blanchard experienced severe back pain and an ultrasound test indicated a footling breech. Her doctors prescribed antibiotics magnesium and betamethasone, according to the suit. Another ultrasound showed that the infant was in cephalic presentation.
After two days, the plaintiff’s forebag was out of the introitus. The doctors called a code blue and Dylin was delivered at 1lb 4oz, the complaint states. The baby suffered neonatal seizures and a grade IV ventricular hemorrhage which caused cerebral palsy and substantial developmental delays, the plaintiff alleges.
Cerebral palsy is a group of incurable movement disorders which is developed in early childhood. Symptoms of cerebral palsy vary between individuals. The general symptoms are: stiff muscles; poor coordination; tremors; and weak muscles. There might be with vision, sensation, swallowing, speaking, and hearing. Congenital cerebral palsy is a result of brain injury during the development of an infant in the womb. Though the condition is present at birth, it might not be diagnosed for months. CP may be prevented through immunization of the mother.
Latoya Blanchard accuses the defendant of carelessness and negligence. Blanchard claims that they failed to administer progesterone to her and to offer cervical cerclage in order to prevent a potential pre-term delivery.
In her lawsuit, Latoya Blanchard is seeking in excess of $50,000 in compensatory damages, in addition to costs, and attorney’s fees.