There are no words to console parents who lose a child in the delivery room. Every day will be a constant struggle as they learn how to live, and how to keep going after their child was taken away.
For many parents, a fatal birth injury will want to be forgotten as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this allows hospitals and doctors who may have contributed to the loss to continue their poor practices, risking the health of future children for other hopeful parents.
One such birth injury is meconium aspiration. Meconium is a baby’s fecal matter (often a dark green, sticky substance) that accumulates in the womb during pregnancy. Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) occurs when the baby breathes in a mixture of meconium and amniotic fluid, taking it into the lungs as the baby gasps before or during delivery.
Here are a few things parents should know about MAS:
- MAS can happen in the womb, during delivery, or after labor.
- Inhaled meconium can block the baby's airways as the baby breathes in, or becomes trapped in the lungs and airways as the baby breathes out.
- After it has been inhaled, meconium can irritate the baby's airways and cause them to swell, making it even more difficult to breathe.
- Even after the meconium has been removed, MAS can cause infection and impaired lung development by blocking a natural substance that helps the lungs expand.
- The more meconium a baby inhales, the more risks and danger associated with his condition.
MAS in not always a life-threatening condition; some children who develop MAS may be successfully treated with oxygen and medication. In severe cases, babies may suffer a collapsed lung or aspiration pneumonia, increasing the chances of chronic lung disease and developmental abnormalities such as hearing loss or neurological damage.
Our Kentucky birth injury lawyers can help you determine if a doctor could have prevented your child’s MAS from becoming a fatal birth injury. We will explain your legal options and tell you what to expect in your case at no cost to you. Call Gray and White today at 800.634.8767 or fill out the contact form on the top of this page to receive a FREE, one-on-one consultation with an attorney.