Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Did You Receive The Medical Care You Required?
Every single year, anywhere from 3 to 20 out of 1,000 full-term births result in children who suffer from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) in the United States, and an estimated 600 out of every 1,000 preterm births result in children who suffer from this serious and potentially life-threatening birth injury. This information, compiled by the University of Florida Health’s Florida Neonatal Neurologic Network, paints a worrying picture about the frequency of this preventable birth injury – with proper monitoring and care, your doctor should be able to identify and take action to address any complication that could lead to your child suffering from HIE.
Pregnancy is supposed to be a special, albeit difficult time in a family’s life. After months of stress and hours of labor, it should end with the introduction of a brand-new, healthy life into the world. Our doctors go through years of training in order to prepare for the rigors of their profession, and with that much experience comes an expectation of a certain level of care. When they act negligently or in a wrongful manner, they put patients at risk. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., our New York City medical malpractice attorneys have secured more than half a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients over the past 40 plus years. Contact us today to discuss your case with a member of our firm.
What Causes HIE?
Infants can suffer from HIE when they suffer from a dangerous lack of blood flow during either the pregnancy or the delivery. If this occurs, their brains may not receive an adequate amount of oxygen. A number of factors can cause this to happen, including:
Causes and Risks During the Pregnancy
- Vascular disease resulting from maternal diabetes
- Alcohol and / or drug abuse
- Congenital infections that affect the fetus
- Lack of proper blood circulation to the placenta
- Severe fetal anemia
- Cardiac disease
- Malformed lungs
Causes and Risks During Delivery and Labor
- Ruptured uterus
- Placental abruption
- Abnormal fetal position
- Umbilical cord injuries
- Dangerously low maternal blood pressure
- Fetal distress
- Prolonged labor
Causes and Risks After the Birth
- Infections like meningitis and sepsis
- Congenital brain malformations
- Dangerously low neonatal blood pressure
- Severe cardiac or pulmonary disease
- Head trauma
- Premature birth
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