A uterine rupture during childbirth can be one of the greatest threats to a mother or the baby. These most often occur in women who have had cesarean sections or if too much Pitocin has been given to start the labor process. A uterine rupture happens when the uterus tears and spills into the perionatal cavity.
If a uterine rupture occurs, the doctors may have to perform an emergency c-section, and in some cases a hysterectomy might have to be done in order to save the life of the mother. Time is critical if a uterine rupture occurs. If there is a delay in diagnosing the rupture or in responding, the lives of both the baby and the mother may be threatened. The mother could have severe internal bleeding, which could lead to brain damage or a heart attack. The baby may become distressed and suffer from health problems as well.
Uterine ruptures can be prevented if doctors and nurses do a complete health history on the mother, and watch the baby’s heart rate during delivery. If the rupture is discovered and treated quickly, the mother and the baby may suffer no long-term health effects. If, however, there is a delay in diagnosis or treatment, the results can be disastrous.Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you or a loved one has had a uterine rupture during delivery. You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Call us today to learn more or visit our Google Plus page for more information.