Thinking about the excitement of becoming a new mom or dad, there are few life events that have so much anticipation or excitement. Several years ago, a young teen mom was expecting her first child at the age of 15. Something went terribly wrong and she was forced to deliver before making it to full term. During the emergency C-section at Lancaster General Hospital, the new mom suffered a catastrophic brain bleed that caused her to become quadriplegic since the day of her son’s birth.
What this means for the young mom is that she has not only lost all function in her arms and legs, but the ability to proactively care for her son, who is now 7 years old. Instead, she needs full-time care. The lawsuit against the named defendants alleged that negligent care caused the (then) pregnant teenager to suffer catastrophic brain bleeding. The trial came to an abrupt end recently when a settlement was reached, the details of which, are confidential.
While no details were revealed, the settlement must have been attractive to the plaintiff and her attorneys for them to cease seeking a resolution through the Pennsylvania trial court. While details of the settlement are merely speculative at this time, the settlement likely included damages related to the permanency of the woman’s condition, the nature of alleged negligence and possible damages related to pain and suffering and loss of quality of life. The young woman, now in her early 20s, is currently diagnosed as having a near-normal life expectancy, according to the lawsuit, but she is in a “locked-in” syndrome, where she is aware of everything going on around her, yet she is unable to talk, move or participate in any of it.
This seemingly permanent quality of life is hard to imagine, let alone bear. That special relationship between mother and child is permanently stunted, with the new mom never able to fully interact with her son. Beyond that, the young woman has faced and will continue to face such hardship with the nature of her injury sustained during her emergency C-section. While the plaintiff alleged that preeclampsia should have been diagnosed, we will never know, due to the confidential nature of the lawsuit settlement whether this was the true reason behind her lifelong injury.
Source: pennlive.com, “Lawsuit over teen mom’s catastrophic brain bleed during emergency C-section ends abruptly,” Nov. 3, 2017