Three mothers claim hospital 'made errors' during childbirth

Three mothers are suing a doctor and a hospital.

HOUSTON - Three young mothers are suing a local doctor and hospital claiming mistakes were made when they gave birth.

The legal action against the East Houston Regional Medical Center comes after two babies were born with disabilities, and a third died shortly after birth.

All three mothers were reportedly treated by Dr. June Williams Colman, who is also named in the lawsuit.

According to court documents, the first case occurred on July 19, 2012 when Jessica Bonura was admitted to the hospital. A commonly used drug, called Pitocin or Oxytocin, was administered. Attorneys claim Bonura had irregular contractions. Because the drug was allegedly mismanaged, the plaintiffs claim Bonura’s son was born with disabilities.

“At home, he struggles daily with potty-training, completing sentences, and he walks on his toes,” said Bonura during a press conference Friday. “He will always be in Special Needs classes and have the struggles with these limitations.”

The second case involves Stephanie Garcia whose son was born on Oct. 18, 2014. Lawyers say Garcia also exhibited signs of irregular contractions. They claim her child suffered catastrophic brain damage, because he did not get enough oxygen during delivery.

“It’s an indescribable feeling when one minute you’re meeting your first born child and the next minute you’re watching your new born baby trying to breathe and going in and out of seizures,” said Garcia.

Tatyana Phillips is the third mother who has filed suit. Lawyers claim she had irregular contractions and was improperly administered Pitocin as well. Her baby died when he was 15 minutes old on Nov. 4, 2015.

“Sometimes I pinch myself while I’m awake wishing this is a nightmare. I don’t want to have any more kids, because I’m scared of going through this again,” said Phillips.

The women are being represented by attorneys Mo Aziz and Chance McMillan.

“All three of these families went to this hospital and this doctor to have their babies delivered. They were healthy pregnancies. There was no reason for this to happen,” said Aziz. “Why did Dr. Colman not perform a C-section when these babies were clearly in distress?”

East Houston Regional Medical Center sent a statement to KHOU 11 News saying, “Complications affecting newborns are tragic situations, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families involved. We believe in the legal process, and while our hearts go out to these families over all they’ve been through, we dispute the allegations presented today, and we look forward to all the facts emerging as the legal process allows.”

As part of the lawsuit, Aziz said the women want to see changes the East Houston Regional Medical Center, including more training for Dr. Colman and hospital staff.

The two women whose boys survived are also asking for financial compensation for past and future medical bills.

Phillips is asking for financial compensation for her emotional distress.

“I went to the hospital with a child and left without one. I don’t want another mother to go through what I have,” said Phillips.

KHOU 11 News took a deeper look at Dr. Colman’s medical history.

According to state records, in February, 2014 the Texas Medical Board found Colman failed to meet the standard of care in treating three patients dating back several years.

She was ordered to complete 20 hours of training in high-risk obstetrics, and ordered to pay a 3-thousand dollar penalty. Records show she met those requirements August, 2015.


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