I went to an OB for a pre-conception visit. During my 3rd visit/ exam to confirm pregnancy, my BP was 160/90 and continued at 140/90 over next couple visits. Within the first 8 weeks, my urine showed high levels of Protein & Blood work showed High Creatine. On the bloodwork and lab results, the Dr noted that the results were normal, although I now know since being followed by a Nephrologist that this is not at all normal. My OB never informed me that I was high risk due to blood pressure, or protein in the urine, resulting in being left untreated to develop preclampsia at 27 weeks where my blood pressure reached 190/115 and I was admitted to the hospital, and delivered my son only a week later. Our son spent 154 days in the NICU, spent over a year on oxygen, suffers with BPD/CLD and is followed by a physical, speech and development therapist. After discussing with my nephrologist, I feel that my OB failed to diagnose my BP and protein, which also resulted in impacted kidney functioning for me. I understand that there are things that the doctor could have done, but failed to do so. I would like to get some advice and consultation about proceeding with a case against this Dr.
It's certainly worth having a malpractice attorney look at the records. Hard to know if failure to monitor you caused you child to be so ill, or whether any treatment would have avoided this scenario. Also, the treatment or lack thereof would have to. E beneath the standard of care.
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Go to local malpractice counsel without delay as the damages your son has suffered and will suffer warrant careful prenatal record review. If there were departures from accepted standards of obstetrical care that compromised your son he needs a lawyer to p[reserve his rights.
Had your pre-eclampsia been better managed, it's possible that the deficits that your son is facing could have been averted or mitigated. Consult a seasoned local medical malpractice attorney for further clarity.
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