Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano represented a 38-year-old plaintiff who had just delivered her fifth child via Cesarean section when she began to develop significant postpartum bleeding. Despite the bleeding, the obstetrician left the operating room, apparently to check on other patients, as did the anesthesiologist to cover an appendectomy.
Shortly following their return to the operating room, the patient suffered a cardiac arrest as a consequence of the failure to timely provide blood and blood products and take other steps to address the postpartum hemorrhage.
Following a lengthy hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation, the plaintiff continued to suffer several mild functional deficits as a consequence of the hypoxic insult to her brain including speech, vision, and gait disturbances. She was unable to return to work or to fully care for her children.
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