Mother alleges cesarean procedure led to baby's brain damage

Dan Harkins Jun. 28, 2015, 1:25pm

A mother who gave birth via cesarean section is suing the doctor and institution that oversaw the procedure that allegedly resulted in brain damage to the baby.

Aziza Maali, as guardian of the minor Imran Maali, filed a lawsuit June 10 in Cook County Circuit Court against Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp., doing business as Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Medical Group, alleging negligence.

On Feb. 19, 2014, the lawsuit states, Imran Maali was in good health with no brain damage before he was delivered via cesarean section at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The suit says the attending physician, Dr. Kannan Sundar, put Aziza Maali in a Trendelenberg position and asked the attending nurse to push Imran's head from below while Sundar extended the incision on both sides. The complaint quotes the doctor's report: "With more pressure on the head, and some traction on the left, the baby was delivered."

The baby had severe bruising to his head, left shoulder, right knee, upper back, left leg and left arm, the lawsuit states. As a result of the procedure, the suit says, the baby "developed multiple hemorrhages in his head and brain, including [a] subdural hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, tentorial hemorrhage and subgaleal hemorrhage, causing him to sustain massive blood loss and go into hypovolemic shock."

As a result of the handling of the procedure, the lawsuit states, the defendant suffered "profound, disabling and permanent brain injuries" and will continue to suffer pain, suffering, disability, loss of a normal life, disfigurement, medical expenses and earning potential.

Aziza Mali seeks damages in excess of court's jurisdictional limit, plus costs. She is represented by attorneys David E. Rapoport, Joshua L. Weisberg and Lindsey A. Seeskin of Rapoport Law Offices in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L005925.

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