Baby's Shoulder Paralyzed After C-Section Refused, Mom Claims
LOS ANGELES (CN) – A new mom claims her son’s shoulder is permanently paralyzed because Kaiser forced her to give birth vaginally instead of via C-section, in a medical malpractice claim filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Angelica Hernandez sued Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health plan, and Southern California Permanente Medical Group, on behalf of herself and her baby.
Her husband, Jonathan, is also a party to the complaint.
Hernandez says she got all of her pre-natal care at Kaiser and arrived on May 16 last year for delivery. Though the baby still had not been born two days later, Kaiser refused to do a C-section despite the child’s abnormally large size and the inability of his shoulders to pass through after his head, according to the suit.
Thanks to Kaiser, the baby was born with a permanently paralyzed left shoulder, and Hernandez herself suffered vaginal injuries, according to the complaint.
Jonathan says that watching his wife and son suffer caused him to have extreme emotional distress.
The family seeks compensatory damages for medical malpractice, negligence, and loss of consortium.
They are represented by attorney Carl McMahan.