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Christian Boullianne was delivered at Carlisle Hospital in 1999 by nurse midwife Pamela Kozick, an employee of the former Women’s Health Associates of Carlisle. According to the medical malpractice lawsuit filed by his parents, Christian’s condition was due to Kozick’s medical negligence.
In their complaint, Gerard and Linda Boullianne accused Kozick of failing to respond to clear signs of fetal distress by calling a doctor.
“The defendant is a nurse midwife. There’s a very clear hospital policy that says if the [fetal monitor] is non-reassuring, she needs to call a doctor. She failed to do that,” said attorney for the Boullianes, Daniel Weinstock.
When Christian was born, “he looked dead,” his father said. After being resuscitated, he was put on life support for four weeks. Upon going home, however, Christian still required 24-hour care.
Christian died when he was two years old. It was after his death that the Boulliannes decided to take legal action.
Gerard Boullianne said the health of the child is most important and that healthcare practioners “should be more willing to call the doctor, instead of being afraid of getting in trouble.”
“My wife cries about him all the time,” he said.
(Article source: The Sentinel Online)
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