A lawsuit against the St. Luke’s University Hospital and one of its doctors for malpractice netted a former Lehigh Valley family $55 million. According to the suit, Dr. Ronald Kirner and St. Luke’s University Hospital ignored signs that Matthew Crowell was not receiving enough oxygen during his birth at the hospital’s Fountain Hill campus in November 2009. Matthew was delivered via Caesarean section.
The details of the birth injury suit
The suit alleged that Matthew already had problems getting enough oxygen, but was further deprived of oxygen when he became stuck during the originally intended vaginal delivery. His mother began hemorrhaging, which promoted the emergency Caesarean section. According to the lawsuit, the doctors failed to notice that Matthew was initially having problems with receiving enough oxygen. This led to the delay of the aforementioned emergency caesarian section, which might have avoided the problems altogether. Because the doctors proceeded with the vaginal delivery, Matthew became stuck in the birth canal. This led to further oxygen deprivation.