A B.C. Supreme Court judge has found a B.C. doctor and nurse negligent after a baby was born with a brain injury.
A baby girl, now four years old, was born with severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and developmental and cognitive impairment at Powell River General Hospital in November 2011.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has now found Dr. Christopher Morwood and nurse Mary-Jane Barcelonne liable.
The ruling says the child’s mother went to the ER a few days prior with neck pain, but that Barcelonne failed in her duties.
“Nurse Barcelonne failed to take an adequate history from Natasha and failed to perform an adequate assessment. Most importantly, she did not take Natasha’s blood pressure, a basic requirement. She then failed to accurately report these facts to Dr. Morwood either by notation on the chart or verbally. She was careless in her care of the plaintiff mother and did not meet the standard of care reasonably expected in the circumstances.”
It also found Dr. Morwood failed to take an accurate medical history or ask relevant from the mother, which would have led to a diagnosis that could have prevented the tragedy.
“He all too quickly took the pregnancy out of the equation and focused on the most likely explanation, the patient’s report of neck pain.”
Days later the mother suffered an eclamptic seizure before she was helicoptered to Vancouver for an emergency c-section.
The judge found the baby would not have suffered a brain injury if the mother had been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.
Vancouver Coastal Health says it is reviewing the ruling.