Two material deaths took place within months of one another at the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham which has given rise to the following question: Are hospital staff properly trained to handle medical emergencies?
Back in October, Seveny Fuchu, 35, went was admitted to MetroWest Medical Center to deliver her baby two weeks early. Sometimes, a pre-term delivery occurs when a woman is suffering from a risky health condition or she goes into pre-term labor where the baby is born before the expected due date. While the couple who could hardly handle the wait to meet their newborn expected nothing less than a normal delivery, things took a turn south when Seveny Fuchu developed preeclampsia.
Although Seveny’s baby survived the emergency cesarean delivery, her untreated medical condition was far too taxing on her body.
Many pregnant women develop this widely recognized condition known as preeclampsia during the time they are pregnant or during labor and delivery. A woman who is suffering from preeclampsia might see a spike in their blood pressure, suffer from fluid retention, and may have kidney damage. Because this is a life-threatening condition that can have adverse effects on both the mother and her baby, it should never be left untreated.
Unfortunately, when Seveny’s blood pressure climbed to dangerous heights and her legs began to swell, which are the most identifiable signs of preeclampsia, the baby’s heart rate began to fall. The doctors instantly called for a cesarean section delivery to prevent the baby from becoming injured or harmed, but Seveny’s condition was not addressed.
Her husband was told to wait outside while the cesarean delivery took place and all he could think about was meeting his new child that the couple had struggled to conceive. According to the Boston Globe, Seveny had two miscarriages prior to this pregnancy so the couple was ecstatic to finally experience what life would be like with a child of their own. Sadly, Kenny Fuchu overheard an urgent code and witnessed nurses rushing with blood bags into the room his wife and child were in.
Seveny Fushu did not survive the delivery.
Panic and anxiety spread through Kenny Fuchu. When he finally was given the opportunity to go into the room, his newborn son lay asleep in a bassinet but his wife was gone. Her condition overcame her and because she wasn’t provided with the proper treatment, she didn’t survive the delivery along with the symptoms of the preeclampsia.
Was Seveny the victim of a wrongful death?
A wrongful death can occur in a hospital when a health care professional neglects to provide their patient with adequate care and treatment.
While the Boston Globe highlighted that if the Department of Public Heath ruled that “her death could have been prevented with better medical care” they then would require that the hospital would work to improve their procedures. “They believe at least one-quarter of deaths are preventable.”
MetroWest then responded with a “corrective action plan’’ that included revised guidelines for treating women with preeclampsia. After the department conducted an inspection after the plan was put into place, the hospital was cited for not fully implementing it. Does this imply that Seveny’s death could have been prevented and that the hospital was at fault for not providing her with adequate treatment?
The Fuchu family decided to hire a wrongful death attorney to represent the case
Although hospitals will claim patients who pass away during labor and delivery suffered from risky health conditions prior, they fail to address the fact that they are more concerned with tending to newborns they deliver than the mothers who are delivering them. Seveny was suffering from a life-threatening condition and the medical staff did nothing to treat her.
Hopefully the wrongful death lawyer Kenny Fuchu hired can recognize this facility for the deaths of not one but two women and hold all parties accountable for causing this tragedy to occur. Hospital staff is expected to be trained and prepared to handle an emergency. After all, most hospitals are fully equipped with an E.R. department that is capable of admitting individuals suffering from a medical emergency.