Husband Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Hospital After Wife Dies After Childbirth


A Hong Kong native living and working in the US – Ms. Amy Lam – died less than 12 hours after prematurely giving birth at her home. After giving birth, Mrs. Lam was taken to Harlem Hospital for immediate and major treatment where she died. Mrs. Lam’s husband filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Harlem Hospital in New York City claiming that his wife died due to extreme medical negligence and malpractice. No reason for her death was given by her doctors, although, later it was discovered by a medical panel that she had died of a brain hemorrhage.

Mrs. Lam was reported to have contractions the night prior to her death. She was first admitted to the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital where the staff discharged her after examining her. Unfortunately, the next morning she woke up with extreme contractions and pain, and went into labor in the bathroom in her home. Her child was delivered by a neighbor.

According to the official data, there have been 38 pregnancy-related deaths in NYC since 2006 to 2010 with 630, 000 births due to hemorrhaging. The medical malpractice lawsuit claims that when Mrs. Lam arrived at the hospital, the placenta was not yet delivered. The staff transferred Mrs. Lam directly to the labor ward of the hospital where surgeons attempted to remove the placenta manually. During the treatment, she went into a shock and her blood pressure fatally dropped. These details were taken from the Harlem Hospital records.

Mrs. Lam was further treated for a dilation and curettage medical process which was to help remove her placenta by expanding the walls of her uterus. At the time the surgery was at its end, her heart rate increased significantly and blood pressure dropped signaling a hemorrhage. She was moved to ICU and treated for blood transfusion procedure but unfortunately did not work. The lawsuit further alleges, as put forth by Lam’s family attorney, that the origin of what caused the bleeding was never identified by the doctors nor did they take immediate action to treat the internal bleeding. The attorney further said that the doctors asked Mr. Lam if they could perform an “exploratory” procedure, without letting him know the severity of his wife’s condition. Mrs. Lam’s heart stopped during the procedure and after many attempts to resuscitate her, she was pronounced dead.

Mr. Lam and his family were left bewildered at her death with many unanswered questions. The case has been submitted to the court. Although, these kinds of deaths are rare, the legislators in the United States are pushing to eliminate the chances of deaths caused by medical malpractice and negligence.


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