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A man is suing for $1.5 million after his wife and unborn baby allegedly died from a doctor numerous errors. The 39 year old woman suffered from diarrhea and vomiting when she was 36 ½ weeks pregnant. The doctor who examined her told her she had a stomach flu or viral gastroenteritis. The plaintiff alleges that the doctor should at this stage have conducted urine and blood cultures to test for infections and given her antibiotics just in case until the results came back. The woman was admitted to hospital when her symptoms did not abate. A couple of hours later the baby died and the mother died not long after from a cardiac arrest. An autopsy revealed the woman had Group A streptococcus or bacterial infection in the uterus which can be caused by chorioamnionitis. Chorioamnionitis often occurs when the waters break and is a rare infection of the chorion membranes in the uterine amnion cavity. It is alleged that the woman may have survived if she had been prescribed antibiotics on her first doctor's visit. Chorioamnionitis has similar symptoms to the stomach flu which includes uterine tenderness and very rapid heart beat in the mother and fetus. The doctor claims that the pregnant woman did not exhibit any of these symptoms and her water's had not broken. It is alleged that the doctor failed to consider a uterine infection and failed to consider a cesarean section in order to save the baby.
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About: Man seeks 1.5 million damages over wife and unborn child's death_1
Date: 25 January 2005
Source: Summit Daily News
Author: Nicole Formosa
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