As some of you may have seen, my daughter, who is now almost 5, & about to have more surgeries, and has developed complications because her birth defect was not found until 2 1/2 years of age. She was born w/anal stenosis. It happens to 1 our of 5000 babies, & is usually always found at birth examination. with that being said, its also the 2nd most commonly missed anal birth defect...but I read its usually found after 24 hours, or on their first visit to a pediatrician.
I took her for stomach pains, constipated, sore bottom, large belly being swollen, gas problems, thinking she was collic, thinking she was allergic to foods, changed her diets, did everything.. took her specifically at least 20 times to doctors to be checked for these problems. They looked at me as a young mother, who wasnt feeding her child right, I am positive, and passed it off at constipation many times. I switched doctors in the practice, and he took me a little more seriously...but still just kept uping her laxatives she was on, and sent me to a GI doctor after coming SEVERAL MORE TIMES. Once, he felt her bottom with his pinky and said it was a little tight and she had small tears down there. Said there was nothing to do but let it heal. (come to find out, she had anal stenosis all along, and he should have known that, looked into it more, ran more tests, x rays, mri's, & he was supposed to check w/ her a dialater, NOT a pinky.
thats only the beginning.. but its what started this all, and I am very unhappy with these doctors. Im just curious as to how to find out about if this is too common to get them in trouble for, raise awareness, or even possibly sue them for malpractice. Because of all that, and WAY more, my daughter is having to have part of her colon removed, weeks in recovery, delayed a year on kindergarten, re potty trained, & will always be stuck on laxatives, and prone to more illnesses due to the problem being missed SO MANY TIMES.
Any good websites to find out more before I talk to a lawyer? or how to find cases possibly about the same thing?
Answer by IraqiVetWife at 7:23 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
Answer by dancer at 7:26 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
I t hink the first place I would start is at your states medical board. Inquire about complaints filed against any of the Dr's who saw her. You may not get very far as far as malpractice is concerned but a lawyer can give you a good idea about possibilities of a settlement. Thje thing is you have to prove negligence, or the due diligence was not paid. If the literature already says it is the 2nd highest anal BD that is missed...that plays in the Dr's favor. You will need to prove that delayed diagnosis has harmed her and would not have happened if it was caught earlier. For every Dr. you find that will say it caused harm...they will find 2 that will say you can't prove that it did. Have a consultation with a lawyer, that shouldn't cost you a dime. They will be able to give you a much better realistic idea of what to expect.
Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 7:38 PM on Jan. 10, 2011
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