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Has your baby suffered hypoxia due to lack of oxygen at birth?

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2021 | Birth Injuries, Medical Malpractice

The birth of a child is the happiest of events for a family. However, when the infant has serious health issues, worry quickly casts a shadow over the joy.

The question you want answered is why your baby suffered a lack of oxygen at birth, which resulted in hypoxia.

About lack of oxygen

According to information from the American Journal of Neuroradiology, lack of oxygen occurs in 2 to 10 out of 1,000 newborns. Lack of oxygen can result in brain damage, which takes two forms: anoxia and hypoxia. The latter occurs because of an inadequate supply of oxygen and can lead to mild or moderate brain damage. The former happens due to a complete lack of oxygen, the result being severe brain damage. Both can also lead to cerebral palsy.

Potential causes

Newborn lack of oxygen, or asphyxia, can occur for one of several reasons:

– The baby might become lodged in the birth canal during a difficult labor

– A doctor might cut the umbilical cord before the infant is able to breathe on its own

– Mucous might become lodged in the baby’s lungs

– If the placenta and the uterus separate too quickly, it may cause a reduction in the oxygen supply the baby needs

Proper medical treatment and monitoring can prevent such incidents from happening.

Next steps

With legal guidance, you can sort out your options. Your goal is to hold those responsible for your baby’s condition accountable. If medical malpractice is to blame for the baby’s hypoxia, you have a right to expect full and fair compensation to cover your child’s current and future medical expenses and more.