What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the glands that produce mucus and sweat. Normal mucus is thin and watery; it lines organs like the lungs and digestive system protecting those organs from disease. When a baby has cystic fibrosis the mucus becomes thick and sticky. This causes buildup in the lungs, liver, and pancreas increasing the risk of bacterial infections. Babies born with cystic fibrosis have repeated lung infections and difficulty breathing. They have digestive problems and fail to thrive because the disease affects their ability to absorb nutrients. When children with cystic fibrosis grow up, they are at risk for infertility. Raising a child with cystic fibrosis can be exhausting and expensive. Your child will probably need daily treatments and medications to prevent complications. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder, so a couple can be tested for the disorder, even before conception. There are also prenatal tests that can detect cystic fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis and Wrongful Birth Cases
If you were not informed of your child’s cystic fibrosis before his or her birth, you may have a wrongful birth case. An error may have occurred in one of several steps in the process:
– Your doctor failed to read or interpret test results properly (e.g., AFP, ultrasound, amniocentesis)
– Your Doctor did not advise you of your risks for giving birth to a baby with this condition.
– The medical lab failed to perform the appropriate tests or failed to report the results.
In these cases doctors deprived of the choice to terminate the pregnancy or prepare to care for your disabled child. This may be grounds for a wrongful birth case. No parent wants to make the heartbreaking decision between giving birth to a severely disabled child and terminating a pregnancy. Parents do have the right to know the facts, and the right to make that decision. Doctors and medical laboratory professionals have a responsibility to perform proper tests and inform the parents of the results.
Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble for Help
Our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with cases involving birth-related injuries. We will fight on your behalf so you will be able to care for your disabled child. In one wrongful birth case we handled, a mother took the precaution of going to a specialist to determine if her fetus had a rare genetic disorder. The medical testing company failed to do the test and the doctor failed to notice the omission. The baby was born with myotubular myopathy. The jury awarded $28 million to the family, which enabled the family to properly care for their sick child.
If your baby was born with cystic fibrosis contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. The initial consultation is free, confidential, and you are under no obligation. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817