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Woman Dies After Giving Birth

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Earlier this year, a Houstonian woman died after giving birth at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital ("LBJ"). The incident was the sixth time this year LBJ hospital has come under federal investigation because of a patient death.

According to a report issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS"), the woman arrived at LBJ hospital in labor around 4:30 a.m. on September 12. The patient had a very rapid heart rate and told the hospital staff she had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure. Her records show her blood pressure was not taken for nearly an hour when doctors determined she needed an emergency cesarean section because her labor was not progressing.

Her baby was delivered at 5:55 a.m. The report says the woman suffered from severe internal bleeding after the cesarean section. Unfortunately, her condition was not identified until 8:45 a.m. An emergency hysterectomy was performed later that afternoon because doctors were unable to control the bleeding. She went into cardiac arrest after the procedure and was pronounced dead at 3:38 p.m.

The hospital staff caring for the patient never consulted with physicians to assess her blood pressure or rapid heart rate. According to the CMS report, "The hospital's Medical, Anesthesia, and Nursing staff failed to effectively communicate amongst themselves concerning a critical situation with one obstetric patient. The failure of the medical team to identify this critical event during the provision of care to this patient led to a negative outcome of Patient #429."

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider's negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party's right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.

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