Army Malpractice Lawyers obtained a $5 million birth injury settlement for a Texas family.
Towards the end of a healthy pregnancy, Gwendolyn Spratling presented to Martin Army Community Hospital in Georgia at the end of her third trimester complaining of sharp chest pain, radiating to her neck and jaw. She also reported nausea. She was given a fetal non-stress test with normal results and a normal fetal heart rate. But Gwendolyn had an abnormal electrocardiogram. Despite this abnormal result, her chest, neck and jaw pain was dismissed as secondary to anxiety and she was discharged with no additional evaluation, cardiac or otherwise.
Three days later Gwendolyn went out to dinner with her husband and family. After dinner, she felt increasingly tired and experienced chest pain that became severe. Her family took helped her to her husband’s car. Mr. Spratling drove her emergently to Martin Army Community Hospital, with her parents following behind in their car. In transit to the hospital, Gwendolyn lost consciousness and arrested. Providers performed an emergency Cesarean Section due to the agonal heart rate of the baby, and delivered her baby. Sadly, Gwendolyn died minutes later. An autopsy revealed that Gwendolyn suffered from an acute Type A aortic dissection with extension into the left main and left anterior descending coronary arteries.
Army doctors were negligent in failing to timely diagnose and treat Gwen’s aortic dissection. Heart disease is the most common cause of maternal death, and pregnancy a known risk factor for aortic dissection in women under the age of 40, particularly in the third trimester. Had Army providers performed a cardiac workup when Mrs. Spratling presented with radiating chest pain, including a CT scan, it would have been evident that she required emergency heart surgery. Her child could have safely been delivered by Cesarean section without injury, and her life would have been spared. More likely than not, Gwendolyn and her infant would have survived the surgery, free of injury. As a result of the negligence of government providers, Mrs. Spratling lost her life at the age of 23 and her baby suffered both the loss of his mother and a permanent brain injury due to oxygen deprivation that he endured as Mrs. Spratling was dying. This double tragedy that took one young life and forever marred another was completely avoidable, had providers investigated and treated Mrs. Spratling’s cardiac symptoms.
We presented expert testimony from obstetrical and cardio-thoracic medical doctors and a comprehensive life care plan for the child created by a physical medicine rehabilitation specialist doctor. Our Army birth injury lawyers were able to resolve this case before trial for the family. If you or a loved one has suffered damages as a result of Army malpractice, contact us today. We may be able to help you obtain a settlement in your birth injury case and provide you with the financial security your family needs to cope with birth trauma as a result of medical malpractice.