Three Lawsuits Filed for Mismanaged Labor and Delivery by East Houston Regional Medical Center and June Colman, M.D.

The Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is hosting a press conference on Friday, October 14 th at 12:00 p.m. to discuss the lawsuits.

(Houston, TX) Texas attorney Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is representing three families in connection with the mismanaged labor and delivery of their newborn baby boys, one who died and two who suffered severe brain damage. Chance McMillan of Thurlow & Associates is also part of the families' legal team. The attorneys have filed suit in Harris County against June Williams Colman, M.D., June Williams Colman, M.D., P.A., and Serenity Healthcare for Women, the health care providers that provided prenatal care and oversaw labor and delivery, and CHCA Bayshore, L.P. d/b/a Bayshore Medical Center and CHCA Bayshore, L.P. d/b/a East Houston Regional Medical Center, the hospital where the infants were delivered.

On July 19, 2012, Jessica Bonura was admitted to East Houston Regional Medical Center for induction of labor with Oxytocin. When mismanaged, Oxytocin infusion can lead to adverse perinatal outcomes related to fetal hypoxia. Dr. Colman and the nurses at East Houston Regional Medical Center progressively increased the dosage of Oxytocin over the course of the day, despite clear indications that Ms. Bonura's baby boy was in distress. Ms. Bonura was allowed to push for over two hours and a shoulder dystocia was encountered, which further compromised the infant's condition. At birth, the newborn had no respiratory effort and required bag mask ventilation for approximately two-and-a-half minutes before some respiratory effort was noted. As a result, Ms. Bonura's baby boy has suffered severe permanent brain damage.

On October 18, 2014, Stephanie Garcia was admitted to East Houston Regional Medical Center with contractions. Upon admission, Ms. Garcia's vital signs and lab results indicated a risk for maternal and fetal infection in addition to perinatal asphyxia. Dr. Colman and the nurses at East Houston Regional Medical Center allowed Ms. Garcia to push for over one-and-a-half hours before the infant was delivered. At birth, the newborn was not breathing and finally gasped for air for the first time at ten minutes of age. As a result, Ms. Garcia's baby boy suffered severe brain damage and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He has been tube fed since he was born and will require nursing care for the remainder of his life.

On November 4, 2015, Tatyana Phillips was admitted to East Houston Regional Medical Center for induction of labor with Oxytocin. Over the course of the day, Dr. Colman and the nurses at East Houston Regional Medical Center failed to correctly interpret the fetal heart rate tracings, which indicated that the infant was in distress. Ms. Phillips was allowed to push for over two hours before Dr. Colman applied a vacuum extractor in an attempt to deliver the baby. After two failed attempts, Dr. Colman discontinued use of the vacuum due to the presence of abrasions on the infant's head. Ms. Phillips was allowed to push for another hour, despite clear signs of fetal distress. Dr. Colman then reapplied the vacuum extractor and a severe shoulder dystocia was encountered. The infant was noted to have the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck two times. His condition progressively worsened until Ms. Phillips delivered her baby boy. Ms. Phillips's son tragically passed away fifteen minutes after delivery.

In each of these cases, Dr. Colman and the nurses and staff members of East Houston Regional Medical Center failed to properly manage the labor and delivery of the three women and failed to intervene despite clear evidence of fetal distress. None of the women were offered a cesarean section.

The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz is hosting a press conference on Friday, October 14 th at 12:00 p.m. to answer questions regarding the lawsuits. The press conference is open to all media and will be held at the firm's office, located at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, TX, 77002. For questions regarding the press conference, please call Madison Slovacek at 713-587-9668 or email her at mslovacek@abrahamwatkins.com.

To learn more about the lawsuit or to contact Mo Aziz, call 713-587-9668 or email him at maziz@abrahamwatkins.com.