Hospital and Doctors Face Malpractice Action after Death of Twin


The parents of an infant who died in 2014 have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, as well as two doctors on staff there, were negligent in their treatment of the couple’s newborn son, causing the boy’s death. The lawsuit, filed by Jeffery and Jodi Freeman, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, also named The Center for Women’s Health, Lawrence OB-GYN Associates and four registered nurses as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, doctors and nurses on duty on August 21, 2014 failed to properly monitor and respond to the diminished heartbeat of the infant, the second of twins. They say that staff members then employed a vacuum delivery process, rather than caesarean or other methods that would have been less harmful to the child. After delivery, the child was diagnosed with perinatal asphyxia, caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain.

According to the complaint, Mr. Freeman was with his wife throughout the delivery process and "immediately recognized that malpractice …had occurred." The child was transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit shortly after birth, but was placed on life support for two days. He died hours after the life support was withdrawn.

Hospital officials expressed their condolences and said that they have considerable experience handling challenging and complicated deliveries. They insisted that all proper procedures were followed.

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