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OBGYN Negligence causes Death of 26-Year-Old Mother; $5.2 Million Received by Family

A seven-week trial has concluded in Orange County, California, arising out of the death of a 26-year-old woman. She came from China with her husband to the United States to give birth under what they believed would be the best available health care in the world. However, after giving birth to a healthy baby, the woman experienced a “gush of blood” from her uterus. She was experiencing postpartum hemorrhage which is one of the leading causes of death for women following delivery. The OBGYN doctor ordered medication, red blood cells, and inserted a balloon device to control the bleeding. He then left the hospital, leaving his patient overnight without first checking her vitals, which were not stable. Two hours later, nurses discovered she had turned “code blue” as her breathing and heart rate dropped significantly. The OBGYN came back to the hospital, but it was too late to save his patient. The hospital settled for $3.2 million prior to trial, and the jury found against the OBGYN in the amount of $2 million for the woman’s husband and two young sons.

Read the full article at The Orange County Register.