Mother files suit against UTMB at Galveston over alleged fetal monitoring issues during labor

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 13, 2018

GALVESTON – A mother alleges her child suffered developmental delays because a fetal monitor was not properly applied during labor.

GALVESTON – A mother alleges her child suffered developmental delays because a fetal monitor was not properly applied during labor.

Brianna Young, individually and as next friend of an unnamed minor child, filed a complaint on June 1 in the Galveston County District Court against Mary B. Munn, MD and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston alleging failure to use ordinary care.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in April 13, 2016, she was admitted at defendant UTMB in preterm labor at 31 weeks into her pregnancy. She alleges the fetal monitor was not properly applied during labor and delivery and the minor's fetal distress was not correctly transmitted. She alleges later it was properly applied and plaintiff underwent a crash induction and emergency caesarean section delivery due to fetal distress. The suit states the minor plaintiff remains in a ventilator and is significantly developmentally delayed as a result. 

The plaintiff holds Munn and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to properly apply the external fetal monitor.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks monetary relief of no more than $1 million and such other and further relief to which they are entitled. They are represented by Monica S. Vaughan of Houssiere, Durant & Houssiere LLP in Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number 18-CV-0711

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