David Prior and Melissa Yates have launched legal action over the horror birth of their daughter.
Audrey Prior, born in March 2013, was left with severe disabilities after her birth at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.
The infant was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy (HIE) – brain damage caused by oxygen loss.
David and Melissa claim the labour was not monitored correctly during Audrey’s March 18-19 birth.
The couples lawyers said their first born child, Audrey Ann Prior, was not breathing when she was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. They believe that negligent management of Ms Yates’ labour caused Audrey’s HIE.
“As first-time parents, we were relying on their expertise and we trusted them,’’ they said in a statement.
“We now know that Audrey (wasn’t) being monitored carefully enough. There was no sense of urgency about delivering Audrey until things started to go really badly.’’
“We don’t know what the future holds for her.
“Audrey can’t walk, crawl or even roll over.’’
They said holding objects would be a challenge for their daughter and she required assistance to sit.
With news of other similar cases at the hospital the couple are determined to not let this happen to another family.
“Audrey has such a bright personality with gorgeous smile and laugh. We know this is all very frustrating for her and it’s heartbreaking for us. We just don’t want this to happen to any other families.’’
Kathryn Booth, head of medical negligence at Maurice Blackburn is seeking millions of dollars for the traumatised family who face ongoing expenses to care for their daughter.
“Melissa had an uneventful, low-risk pregnancy and was not categorised has having a high-risk birth. However, things can change quickly in labour and birth and her baby became distressed,” she said.
“The warning signs were not recognised by midwifery staff, nor acted upon quickly enough by staff at the hospital. We allege that there was poor management of Melissa’s labour and Audrey’s birth and that, as a result, Audrey was born in a very poor state.”
So heart breaking and something that may have been avoided with the right care. I really feel for this family and hope they get a fair hearing.
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