HOUSTON – A Harris County woman alleges she endured "excruciating pain and suffering" during a cesarean section because general anesthesia wasn't administered in a timely manner.

Tam Thi Nguyen filed a complaint on Dec. 20, 2017, in the Harris County District Court against Memorial Hermann Health System, Barbara Fogiel MD PA, et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff presented to Memorial Hermann Health System to undergo induction of labor for her twin boys on Dec. 22, 2015. The suit states she was given an epidural and Twin A was delivered vaginally without complication but a C-section was needed for Twin B because of a prolapsed cord. She alleges she underwent the procedure with only a quickly administered bolus of epidural pain analgesics instead of general anesthesia.

The plaintiff holds Memorial Hermann Health System, Fogiel, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to institute appropriate medical and nursing care, failed to properly manage her labor and delivery and failed to ensure that an anesthesiologist was present in the operating room before allowing plaintiff to attempt vaginal delivery.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks monetary relief of more than $200,000 but not more than $1 million and such other general and special relief that is lawful and equitable. She is represented by Muhammad S. Aziz and Michelle A. Ciolek of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto and Aziz in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2017-84215

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