Medical malpractice sometimes results in this condition

A child in another state recently celebrated his fifth birthday. His party may not have been like that of the typical 5-year-old, however. That's because this particular young boy lives in a hospice facility. He suffered from meconium aspiration syndrome and other adverse health conditions related to severe birth injuries; his parents were told he would likely pass away between ages five and 10. In Arizona and throughout the nation, severe injuries like this child's are often caused by medical malpractice

Meconium aspiration syndrome occurs when an infant ingests meconium, which is waste sometimes excreted by infants who are distressed either before or during birth. Lack of oxygen is one type of stress that can cause meconium aspiration. Meconium aspiration syndrome is considered a medical emergency since it can be fatal to an infant if left untreated.

The child who recently celebrated his fifth birthday let his parents know what he wanted most were birthday cards. His mother took it upon herself to use social media to implore people across the nation to send birthday cards to help her fulfill her son's dream and celebrate his life. The response was tremendous for the child who cannot sit, stand, walk or eat. He receives nourishment through a feeding tube.

The woman's son also suffers substantial hearing loss, vision impairment and various intestinal and cardiac problems related to his birth injuries. His parents say they have no way of knowing how long their son will live. They consider his life a miracle and are thankful for every day they have with him. Caring for someone with terminal illness can be quite stressful, and those in Arizona whose children were injured through medical malpractice can pursue recovery for their losses in court. If the suit is successful, any resulting awards of damages can at least help offset expenses associated with such incidents.

Source:, "Tenn. boy diagnosed with heart failure wants cards for birthday", Joel Hulsey, Accessed on Oct. 31, 2017

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