Forceps delivery results in wrongful death claim for Texas doctor

Having a baby should be an emotionally exciting event in one’s life. The joys of bringing a child into the world can be the best memories the parents will ever have. Sadly, for one Texas couple, the birth of their baby will be one of the saddest memories they will ever have due to the alleged negligence of their doctor during the delivery. They unfortunately now will file a wrongful death claim instead of enjoying their newborn baby girl.

The couple had been anticipating the day that they would finally meet their daughter, but because of the mother’s size, she apparently requested on several occasions to be given a C-section delivery. Allegedly, she was repeatedly told no by her doctor. On the day of her delivery, the mother reportedly maintained a fever of over 100 degrees, and the baby’s heart rate continually went up and down.

When it came time to deliver, the doctor allegedly again told the mother that a C-section was not needed when the baby was not progressing into the birth canal, and he then apparently started a forceps delivery. The report indicated that the doctor used a good amount of pressure and tried several times to remove the baby from the birth canal, and on the final attempt, he allegedly crushed the baby’s spine and skull cavity. The baby was on life support for nearly five days before tragically dying from her injuries.

The mother and father are claiming that the doctor is to blame for their little girl’s wrongful death, and they are suing on behalf of their baby on the basis of medical malpractice. Any parent in Texas can surely understand that losing a child can be one of the most tragic experiences, and anyone would want justice for the death of their child if they could get it. No parent should have to go through the immense sadness that comes with losing a child so soon after birth, especially at the hands of a negligent doctor.

Source:, Horrifying death of baby Olivia; Forceps delivery crushed her skull, No author, Jan. 6, 2014