New details released in Greenwich Hospital baby death lawsuit
New details were released Thursday about a civil lawsuit filed against Greenwich Hospital that alleges that hospital staff violated several state regulations in connection with a baby's death.
The complaint alleges that on June 3, 2015, a Stamford woman, pregnant with two children, was admitted to the hospital after her water broke. According to the lawsuit and the Department of Public Health, staff members had a hard time monitoring the heartbeat of one of the babies.
Despite that, the lawsuit alleges that the staff did not pursue another method to monitor the child's heart and did not immediately perform an emergency cesarean section. The baby girl was dead by the time she was delivered.
Peter Dreyer, one of the attorneys handling the case, says the parents are devastated and moved to Texas after the incident.
"They chose Greenwich Hospital because they thought that was the best place to go," Dreyer says. "They have a son, who is a beautiful baby boy, who was born on June 3. But, every day on his birthday, they celebrate his birth and they mourn for the loss of their baby girl."
He adds that the obstetrician who handled the case is no longer with Greenwich Hospital.
The investigation has led employees to re-evaluate their procedures when handling high-risk pregnancies.
"The death of an infant is tragic and our deepest sympathies go out to the family for their loss," Greenwich Hospital said in a statement. "Providing safe, high quality care is our first priority and, as a result, we take this matter very seriously. Following this incident, Greenwich Hospital instituted additional measures related to high-risk pregnancies."