Man Sues Over Wife’s Death in Childbirth

Man Sues Over Wife's Death in ChildbirthA Michigan man whose wife died while giving birth to triplets has sued the hospital and several staff members involved for alleged negligence.

In his medical malpractice lawsuit, Jeffrey Hagenbuch claims that Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo Anesthesiology and several doctors are responsible for Tina Hagenbuch's death in childbirth in 2007, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The 42-year-old woman, who had already given birth to two other children, had a normal pregnancy for the first seven months, but was then hospitalized with preeclampsia. On the 29th week of pregnancy, she delivered her triplets by cesarean section. Though the children were born healthy, Hagenbuch died because doctors at the hospital did not have enough blood on hand to transfuse to the woman despite knowing she had a placenta condition that caused massive bleeding, the medical malpractice lawsuit claims.

Jeffrey Hagenbuch is represented by a medical malpractice attorney and seeks more than $25,000 in damages, according to the news source.

Preeclampsia is a life-threatening condition that can occur during pregnancy or the post-partum period, according to the Preeclampsia Foundation. It causes the mother to develop high blood pressure, which can result in seizure, stroke, organ failure and the death of the mother and/or baby.