I need some advice. My daughter was just born 3 days ago. When I was in the delivery room I saw some shocking things but I was helpless because I didn’t think to tell medical professionals on how to do things.
Basically, the doctor stood on a little stool so he was above the belly of my wife and use his full force (both hands) to press down on her belly, using the full force of his weight.
On the other hand, a nurse used a suction device to pull the baby. It even disconnected once and her arm violentlu fell back, indicating to me that she was using a lot of force. She attached the suction device again and kept pulling , not just towards herself , but also up and down vertically. It was so obvious that I could feel this even though I was standing at the opposite end, next to my wife.
The delivery doctor and nurse disappeared after the delivery. My daughter looked healthy otherwise but she was very small, just 2800 grams.
2 days later another nurse told me her right side was swollen and I should go for an x-ray. Today at x-ray I found out her right clavicle was broken, as in broken in the middle, not even connected.
Now I understand why she cried so much these days. This doctor who did the checkup and x-ray was very causal about it and said just go home it will get fixed in a few months. When I asked why it happened, they said it happens to 2 to 3 babies in every 100 births.
The doctor didn’t even set a follow up appointment. He said he is a general pediatrician, I can find someone else.
I feel very angry and upset at the overall experience. My wife is crying so much. I can’t. I try to comfort her.
I am not sure, but my gut tells me they used unnecessary force to pull out the baby causing her clavicle fracture.
I want to know if I should consider finding a lawyer and suing them. I don’t want money. I just want them to pay for their negligence. I just want them to pay for hurting my baby.
I talked to a couple of Taiwanese colleagues but they all dismissed me saying it’s not a big deal.
Any one else had such experience ? Any advice ?
P.S the hospital was KMUH