Army Officer Files Lawsuit for Son’s Fatal Birth Injuries

A civil medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Virginia alleging negligence during a vacuum-assisted delivery alleged to have occurred at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, which the plaintiff asserts resulted in the death of her newborn son.

The lawsuit alleges failure to recognize and react to clear signs of fetal distress, failure to halt administration of Pitocin when fetal distress was apparent, failure to deliver the baby more quickly, and failure to call for emergency C-section delivery.

The birth injury lawsuit was brought pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act.