Parents of Brain Damaged and Disabled Baby Sues Marianas Physicians Group for Negligence

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Guam – The Marianas Physicians Group, a local women’s clinic, is facing a federal lawsuit filed by the parents of a child that was born with severe brain damage under their watch.
Parents Shamaralynn Terlaje and Jason Jabinigay are suing Dr. Annie Bordallo, head OB/GYN of MPG and Diane Walker, a midwife at MPG for at least $150,000 in damages.

In the lawsuit, the parents of the baby allege that Dr. Bordallo and Walker failed to provide proper intervention when the baby was showing signs of distress while Terlaje was in labor. Terljae’s baby was born sometime after the Fall of 2011 at the Guam Memorial Hospital.

Terlaje says that while in labor, her baby experienced prolonged bradycardia three times. She says her baby had patterns of deceleration indicating her baby was in distress and suffering from hypoxia, “which is life-threatening and which a reasonably prudent midwife, nurse and OB/GYN should recognize as calling for Dr. Bordallo’s intervention as the admitting physician.”

Hypoxia is a condition in which the body becomes deprived of oxygen.

In the lawsuit, Terlaje says Bordallo was not present during the child birth and assigned Walker to attend to the delivery as a midwife.

“As a direct and proximate result of defendants’ negligence,” court papers say, “the child was eventually born with low Apgars with resulting brain damage. The child thereafter suffered neonatal seizure secondary to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy with permanent vision impairment.”

Terljae and Jabinigay are demanding a jury trial. The civil suit was filed last Friday, November 16. MPG has not yet submitted an answer to the complaint as of this posting.