Death of baby in U.K. raises questions about forceps delivery in Georgia
Experienced Atlanta Birth Injury Lawyer Offers Insights Into Tragic Case
The baby died far from Atlanta, but his death was linked to a cause of birth injuries that sadly occurs often in Georgia and throughout the United States – the use of forceps during delivery.
According to news reports in British media, an inquest into the death of baby Noah Finn concluded this past August that he died as a result of complications after a forceps delivery. He sustained brain damage. His spinal cord was injured. One of his carotid arteries – the blood vessels on each side of the neck – was torn.
Little Noah lived for six weeks after the forceps delivery in a hospital in Northeast England, but died in February 2016 as a result of respiratory failure. A coroner who was moved to tears during testimony at an inquest into the death said: “Noah has died as a result of rare complications from a Kielland’s forceps delivery,” according to the report in Metro.co.uk.
As experienced attorneys who represent families with children who have sustained serious birth injuries, we have seen first-hand the pain and anguish of losing a newborn. Doctors sometimes use forceps, which are tong-like devices, to assist in the baby’s passage through the birth canal.
Obstetricians may use forceps for any number of reasons including but not limited to the following:
- The mother may have unexpected bleeding.
- She may be exhausted, or may be facing a prolonged labor.
- She might have an illness that makes pushing during delivery dangerous.
How forceps can lead to birth injury
Forceps can be extremely dangerous when used by someone unfamiliar with these instruments. When physicians use these tools, they must proceed with caution. If they apply too much force, the baby could sustain a brain injury, skull fracture, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (oxygen deprivation which results in brain damage) or other physical damage that can have a lifetime impact or even result in death.
According to Metro.co.uk, the coroner testified that baby Noah’s death was caused by a birth injury sustained by his head being rotated during delivery. A doctor testified that the usual procedures were in place at the time of the birth, but he stated that the damage to the baby’s carotid artery left him “mystified.”
Noah’s mother was quoted in the news report: “Whilst this inquest has brought both Martyn (the father of the baby) and I some answers, it unfortunately remains a mystery to us how he came to suffer such catastrophic injuries.”
At Tyrone Law Firm, P.C., we know that families who have lost babies as a result of birth injuries are searching for answers even after investigations have concluded. That’s why families in Atlanta and throughout Georgia turn to our legal team. We don’t stop asking questions until justice is served.
If your family is facing a loss and you suspect a doctor or hospital’s negligence, you don’t have to search for answers on your own. Our legal team has extensive experience that we can put to work for you.