Meet Our Brave Children
At the Tyrone Law Firm, we work hard for one reason – our kids. That's because the work we do on behalf of children and their families makes a dramatic difference in their well-being for the rest of their lives.
Each child we represent has sustained a severe injury at birth. These injuries were caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of medical professionals. That's why we take such cases so seriously. We believe strongly in holding people accountable for their actions.
Some law firms simply secure a settlement or verdict for families with children with brain injuries. At our law firm, that's just the beginning. We regularly build strong relationships with families that last a lifetime. For us, it's important to make sure the children we represent are taken care of for the rest of their lives.
Who They Are
Each one of our kids has their own unique story. Below, you can learn more about each brave child. We're proud to represent these children and their families. And we're committed to working with them for the rest of their lives.
We treat our kids like family. That's why we make sure their needs are addressed for the long term. We host events in the community. We also created a charitable foundation, "Tyrone's Tykes," which donates 5 percent of our firm's proceeds to causes supporting our clients and other children like them.
If your child sustained a serious injury at birth, contact our law firm and find out how we can help you. We offer a free consultation to all families. And if you choose us to represent you, you only have to pay if we secure a settlement or verdict for you.
Kailey Lynn was born on August 17, 2002. Her mother, Melissa, had an ideal, uneventful pregnancy. At 41 weeks gestation, Melissa's water broke. She immediately went to the hospital for what should have been a normal labor and delivery. During labor, both Melissa and her unborn baby, Kailey Lynn, showed clear signs of distress.
Kailey Lynn's heat rate, which was monitored by an electronic fetal heart monitor, showed that over a period of time, she was not receiving adequate oxygen. The FHM strip was incorrectly interpreted and therefore, the needed C-section was not performed.
Kailey Lynn was born vaginally after an exhausting delivery. She was "purple" and not breathing, requiring resuscitation. After resuscitation, she was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she spent over a week in a medically induced coma due to the swelling on her brain and multiple seizures.
Kailey Lynn was later diagnosed with a brain injury known as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). This injury is caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, or asphyxia. As a result, Kailey Lynn has epilepsy, cerebral palsy (cp) and massive delays, including speech.
As Kailey Lynn's diagnosis became clearer, her family was told that she would never walk or talk, but she has overcome many challenges, and continues to thrive due to therapy and the love of her family. She is almost 15, but remains at a 4-5-year-old learning and self-help level. She is a bright young lady with a love for life that inspires many. She loves the UGA Bulldogs, summer camp, participating in Special Olympics and music.
Natalie Foster was born on September 8, 2009. In utero (in her mother's tummy) Natalie was considered a small for gestational age baby (SGA). This means that she developed normally but was proportionally smaller for her age than other unborn babies.
Her smaller size (lungs, heart, etc.) also meant that she was less able to withstand the impact of the forces of pregnancy and delivery that most unborn babies can handle.
During pregnancy, her mother had uncontrolled blood pressure increases and increasing signs of concerning blood pressure readings (pre-eclampsia). Natalie's small size plus her mother's increasing blood pressure should have led her doctors and the nurses at the hospital to schedule Natalie for an earlier delivery by C-section so that Natalie would be removed from the intrauterine environment (her mother's tummy) that was risky for her and delivered between 34 and 37 weeks.
Natalie's doctors and nurses did not change their plans and Natalie was not delivered early. As a result, her access to her mother's oxygenated blood was restricted in utero and she suffered a brain injury from lack of oxygen (Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy). All of the errors that led to Natalie's lack of oxygen and brain injury were preventable.
As a result, Natalie has severe developmental delays. She is - with rare exception - nonverbal and uses very rudimentary sign language to communicate things like "I want" or "more" with her mother.
Natalie lives with her three older siblings Tyrese, Ricardo and Chelsea Nicole, who love her very much. Natalie also loves her dog, Tigger, and her mom, Nicola. Natalie attends Craig Elementary in the Special Needs Program. In 2017, she was given the "Most Improved Student" award by her three teachers.
Luis Ubiera was born on August 1, 2013. His mother, Luisa, had a normal, uneventful pregnancy. At 37.4 weeks into her pregnancy, Luisa noticed some fluid "leak" and saw her OB.
Her doctor told her she was "ready" and sent her to the hospital to get ready for labor and delivery. During labor, Luisa's blood pressure dropped and her unborn child Luis had several episodes where his heart rate (as tracked on the Electronic Fetal Monitor) pattern indicated he was not getting enough oxygen (oxygenated blood). His doctors and nurses should have intervened and delivered Luis by C-Section. Instead, they failed to intervene.
When Luis was born vaginally several hours later, he was "blue" and not breathing. He was resuscitated and immediately taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). His doctors diagnosed him with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (Brain Injury due to lack of oxygenated blood) and instituted whole-body hypothermia (cooling) reducing his core body temperature from 98.6 degrees to 92-93 degrees. The lower body temperature slows the baby's metabolism and can interrupt the damaging process caused by HIE.
Luis has a lot of challenges but he is making process since his delivery. When I first met him, Luis wasn't able to sit or turn his head. He required a pulse oximeter, was having weekly seizures, and had a feeding "g" tube. Since then he has had the "g" tube removed. He has moved up to an Assistive Walker and now "wheels" himself around. And his therapists are now recommending a "gait trainer" for him. He has a lot of challenges but is making progress. All in all he is a very brave - and very loved - little boy.
Baby Elizabeth was born in 2011 to her parents Richard and Mary. Richard and Mary met while traveling in Europe after college. They had a “whirlwind" romance and decided to marry. After Richard and Mary were married they learned that Mary was pregnant. They were overjoyed.
They were also nervous. Mary had a complicated prior obstetrics history. She had a healthy teenage son from her first marriage but the delivery had been difficult — she had lost a lot of blood. Mary did not understand much about the prior complications during her delivery and, since she had delivered in a small, rural hospital, it would be impossible to obtain medical records for the doctors watching over her pregnancy in her marriage with Richard. Mary shared this information with her doctors in the U.S. and her doctors put her on a regimen of regular Ultrasounds to keep an eye out for any anomalies during her pregnancy with unborn Elizabeth.
Mary's prior obstetrical history did cause complications for her - complications her doctors and hospital missed. Mary's placenta, the organ maintaining her unborn child's nutrient uptake, waste exchange and oxygen supply, had grown into the uterine wall. This complication of ingrown Placenta is not uncommon in pregnancy and is called "Accreta". When the diagnosis of Accreta is made, expectant mothers are directed to deliver by C-Section so that the forces of labor and contractions do not pull the Placenta from the uterine wall, rupturing it, and resulting in blood loss to the mother, and also potentially the baby.
Mary's doctors missed the diagnosis of Placenta Accreta despite signs of Accreta on numerous Ultrasounds. Not surprisingly, when Mary went into labor, her placenta pulled from where it had attached to the uterine wall, ruptured, and began “spilling” oxygenated blood that her body was trying to send to her unborn baby Elizabeth. Mary arrived at the hospital bleeding and the doctors performed an emergency C-Section. But it was too late. Elizabeth, and her developing brain, had been denied oxygenated blood long enough to cause brain damage. As a result of injuries received during his delivery, Elizabeth suffered profound brain injury. Elizabeth is non-verbal, suffers regular seizures, and requires constant care. And although Elizabeth is very gentle, loving child, and her parents are devoted to her care, because of her brain injury and developmental and cognitive delays, she will require attendant care for her entire life.
Christian was born with a severe brain injury caused by reduced oxygen to his brain. His injury is called Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, which is caused when the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen. During his mother’s labor and delivery, the doctors caring for her (OBGYN) and the Labor and Delivery nurses caring for her were supposed to work as a team. They did not.
In many areas of labor and delivery, the doctors have more training than nurses. In some areas, experienced nurses know as much as the doctors. One of the areas where doctors know more is the recommended timing for pregnancies where the mother has uncontrolled high blood pressure. Christian’s mom had a history of high blood pressure. Just based on that fact alone, the OBGYN guidelines for delivery recommended delivering Christian early.
In fact, Christian’s mother was admitted to the hospital for her high blood pressure on the last recommended delivery date. But the doctors never told her about the OBGYN guidelines. Instead, they sent her home. Had they delivered Christian that day, he would be a healthy boy with no brain injury.
One of the areas where doctors and nurses are often equal in knowledge is in interpreting the Fetal Heart Monitoring (FHM) test results. The FHM prints a “strip” showing the unborn baby’s heart rate and how it is responding to mom’s contractions. In Christian’s case, the FHM strip showed signs that Christian was losing oxygen – for hours. Both the doctors and nurses should have seen that Christian was in trouble. Imagine a swimmer who slips beneath the surface in a pool when the lifeguard isn’t watching. That’s essentially what was happening to Christian.
But in Christian’s case, although the nurses saw what was going on, they couldn’t get the doctor on the phone. When this happens, standard nursing protocol is to get another doctor. They didn’t, and by the time the doctor arrived, it was too late.
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