GREENWICH, Conn. – A couple has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Greenwich Hospital after their baby daughter died during labor and delivery last year.
The lawsuit was filed by Lauren E. Sorgen and her husband Grant D. Gulyassy, and alleges that on June 3, 2015 the hospital and obstetrician on call at the time failed to appropriately monitor the heartbeat of their daughter, Myriam Grace Gulyassy, and failed to deliver her by emergency C-section.
According to the lawsuit, the couple maintains that the hospital staff's failure to implement proper procedures and policies led to their daughter's death.
The civil wrongful death lawsuit is being handled by attorneys Peter Dreyer and Sarah Ricciardi of the Connecticut law firm Silver Golub & Teitell LLP.
“Sadly, we cannot change what happened to Myriam,” said Dreyer, “but we can hold those trusted with her care responsible for their actions. This family went to Greenwich Hospital because they believed they would receive exceptional medical care. As the Connecticut Department of Health investigation revealed, it was far from that. Every year on June 3, this family will celebrate the joy of the birth of their son and have to relive the deep sadness from the death of their daughter at Greenwich Hospital.”
According to the lawyers representing Sorgen and Gulyassy, the death of the couple's daughter led to an investigation by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, which revealed several violations, and as a result Greenwich Hospital has been required to implement new policies and procedures to address the importance of fetal monitoring in multiple gestation admissions.
Sorgen was 35 weeks pregnant with twins, a baby girl and a baby boy, when she was admitted with signs that her amniotic sac had ruptured, according to the lawsuit. Both twins had been examined the day before and found to be completely healthy, the suit said. Upon admission, the medical staff verified their heartbeats and confirmed that the babies were moving, according to the lawsuit.
A short time later, the lawsuit alleges, the staff documented that they could not hear heartbeat sounds from both twins and could not maintain the fetal heart tracing of both twins on an electronic monitor. The couple maintains that despite these difficulties, the hospital staff did not obtain an ultrasound of the twins, did not attempt to monitor their heart rates by another method, and that the obstetrician on call waited more than three hours before performing a C-section delivery.
The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the failure to monitor and promptly deliver Myriam allowed her to die from oxygen deprivation prior to the C-section at Greenwich Hospital.