The process of giving birth, aside from the joy of delivering, is painful, stressful, and dangerous for both the mother and the child. Because there are so many instances during birth when the baby’s oxygen flow is limited, the condition known as Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is most common in newborns.
HIE is defined as “damage to the cells in the central nervous system from inadequate oxygen,” or brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation. When oxygen is limited, your body triggers defense mechanisms. Your heart starts beating faster, trying to get more blood to the brain and vital organs. But if the oxygen flow doesn’t increase fast enough, the brain can’t survive on what it’s getting from the blood alone, and it goes into survival mode. Even after the oxygen finally returns to the brain, significant damage has already been done.
What causes HIE?
There are several events which can cause oxygen deprivation, including:
Sadly, many HIE cases could have been easily prevented if the doctor or hospital staff had responded appropriately. If you have a family member that has suffered brain damage from oxygen deprivation, and believe that the medical staff may have acted in a manner which caused the injury, please contact Arizona medical malpractice attorney, Jared Everton today. Call 480-648-8928 to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss your case with an attorney experienced at handling medical malpractice cases in the Phoenix Valley.