A member of the NYC Health + Hospitals system, Woodhull Hospital, has been slapped with a $41 million lawsuit in the aftermath of the tragic death of Christine Fields, following an emergency Cesarean section.
Despite providing a comprehensive birth plan, the family alleges that the hospital ignored both the original plan and their pleas on the young mother’s behalf.
The situation took a devastating turn when, after a period of waiting, Fields went into crisis, prompting doctors to perform an emergency C-section against her wishes.
Fields suffered a heart attack the day after the surgery, succumbing to the stress induced by the cardiac arrest. Her fiancé, Jose Perez, and her mother, Denene Witherspoon, discovered her lifeless in the room, having stepped out momentarily.
Attorney Ira Newman, representing the family, stated:
“She’s rushed in for a C-section, and we are investigating and have learned from the [medical examiner’s] office that there was pooling blood.”
Denene Witherspoon, Field’s mother, has enlisted the assistance of attorney Sanford Rubenstein’s office to file a medical malpractice suit, emphasizing the family’s profound loss and the irrevocable change it has brought.
“We have not heard anything from the hospital, not an apology, not a sorry, not anything. No phone calls, nothing,” she stated.