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How could OB miss this!

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  • Posted By: lnt1977
  • April 2, 2011
  • 09:19 PM

First of all this is not really a case of misdiagnosis, but lack of diagnosis! I am a mother of 3 beautiful girls. I have an incompetent cervix due to surgery to remove bad cells from m cervix when I was very young. My first child was born 6 weeks early with no intervention besides bed rest and brethine to help stop contractions. I was given medicine to help develop my daughter's lungs before she was born. She waas born perfectly healthy and got to come home with me within 48 hours of her being born. Second daughter, same scenario but add magnesium drip at one point and cervical cerclage. She was born 4 weeks early. Got to go home within 48 hours. Third daughter....same as with 2nd daughter, but add in progesterone shots...WORKED FABUOUSLY.....alot less time in L&D for monitoring. I received an ultrasound at 17 weeks gestation to have it one before cerclage and do routine anamoly scan. OB states everything as normal, including normal 4 chamber heart. I took my third daughter home within 48 hours of birth. In the hospital she was spitting up alot, and only eating a half an ounce of formula at a time. Everyone said she was fine. She was discharged slightly jaundiced with a recheck at doctors office on her 5th day of life. She continued to spit up alot and not eat well and her color was just funny. My second daughter had jaundice and had to go on bili blanket so I knew what to look for. I raised concerned at the pediatricians office with my third daughters color. He got the bili light out and checked her and said she was fine. He did not assess further her "funny" color. The next day I laid her down after she ate and "spit up" large amount. After trying to wake her, she just had little muscle tone and just was staring into space....she was so sick! I rushed her to ER. Ultimately that night she died. Death Certificate states death due to congenital heart defect that lead to acidosis, the to cardiac failure. Echocardiogram came back single ventricle defect. Type Indeterminate. Hypoplastic aortic arch. and a few other things. Ok....so it seems that SOMEBODY should have known something was wrong! I got all of her medical records. I have researched all I can! I think about this as soon as I wake up in the morning and even dream about it. The ultrasound picture that I received as part of her medical record does not show a ventricular septum! Her heart is rotated 90 degrees in her chest! How can an OB get away with this!? These are 2 major things that all OB's are supposed to look at when performing a routine exam and evaluating the fetal heart. I am not a doctor, so I can't say that he actually did commit malpractice. BUT IT WAS SO OBVIOUS! Can he really get away with this just because she "fell within the 85 percent that do not get diagnosed prenatally"? This defect was so large! Had we known before she was born she could have had life saving surgery. She would have had a huge chance of surviving and living a normal life. If anyone has had any experience with this please let me know. I am having such a hard time accepting this.

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