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$9M Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Seeks Damages from Obstetrician and Ultrasound Clinics

Three years after Bryan Santana was born, her parents want a Palm Beach Gardens obstetrician and two ultrasound clinics to pay them $9m in Florida medical malpractice damages. Bryan was born with just one leg and arms that go only inches down from his shoulders. In court this week, Bryan’s mom Ana Mejia told a jury that if she’d known that he was going to be born with such serious disabilities she and her husband Rololfo Santana would have terminated the pregnancy. They believe that medical negligence on the part of Dr. Marie Morel and staff at OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches, St. Mary's Medical Center, and Perinatal Specialists of the Palm Beaches resulted in their failure to detect Bryan’s birth defects. (St. Mary's settled the family’s Palm Beach medical malpractice case for an undisclosed sum.) Mejia says she had seven ultrasounds prior to her son’s delivery. Bryan was delivered by Cesarean section on October 15, 2008. The couple claims that it wasn’t until after he was placed in Ana’s arms that they were told of his condition. His family says that they would have prevented the life of mental and physical pain and challenges their son now faces if they’d known. Even though Bryan has a prosthesis for his leg, he still is unable to run and play like other kids his age. Although he can take a few steps, he requires help. It also is hard for him to play with toys because he doesn’t have hands. According to the rehabilitation consultant hired by the family’s Palm Beach obstetric malpractice lawyers, $9 million is the amount need to pay for medical costs, equipment, and services that Bryan requires to maintain a decent quality of life. Mejia and Santana also want damages for pain and suffering. It is important that doctors provide care to a mother and infant not just during and after delivery but also beforehand. Proper prenatal care is necessary. Unfortunately, OB/GYNs can make medical mistakes that may case a baby to be born with serious injuries or birth defects. It is up to your obstetrician/gynecologist to diagnose any possible complications with your pregnancy so that issues of concern can be addressed and treated immediately. Possible complications: • Gestational diabetes • Placenta previa • Heart defects • Unusual weight fluctuation • Too much water retention • Irregular hormone levels • High blood pressure • High risk pregnancy • Preeclampsia • Fetal distress • Umbilical cord around the neck Also, in the event that your child could be born with serious birth defects, you will want to known as soon as possible so that you can make key decisions about next steps. Your doctor should also be able to tell you whether you can go into labor naturally or whether a C-section procedure would be best for your child. Related Web Resources: Birth Defect Testing, Web MD More Blog Posts: $10 Million Florida paramedic negligence verdict awarded to mother who gave birth in ambulance and whose son now has cerebral palsy, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, April 15, 2010 South Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Is State’s C-Section Rate Too High?, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, April 15, 2010 "Florida Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed Over Autistic Boy's Medication Overdose Death, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, June 1, 2009

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