$20 million sought from St. Elizabeth's and Air Force for stillborn death

Steve Gonzalez Dec. 5, 2005, 7:11am

St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville.

Seeking $20 million in damages, Britni Crowe filed suit against St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the U.S. Air Force Department of Defense for the stillborn death of her infant daughter.

In the suit filed Nov. 30 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Crowe claims she was admitted at St. Elizabeth's to deliver her child on Dec. 25, 2003.

Crowe is represented by Charles Chapman and Thomas Maag of The Lakin Law Firm in Wood River.

According to the complaint, Crowe filed a claim with the U.S. Air Force as required under the federal Tort Claims Act, however six months have lapsed and no resolution has been achieved.

"If the United States Air Force Department of Defense were a private person, it would be liable to Crowe in accordance with the law or the place of the action," the complaint states.

According to Crowe, the defendants were negligent for failing to:

  • Tinely recognize a non-reassuring fetal heart rate tracing;

  • Discontinue Pitocin and order in-utero resuscitative measures for a non-reassuring fetal heart rate pattern;

  • Recognize the hyperstimulation of the uterus and order appropriate measure to be taken; and

  • Interpret and recognize the sequential deterioration in the fetal status as demonstrated by the fetal heart rate tracing and to timely deliver her.

    Crowe claims as a result, her daughter, Kylie Ann Berg was stillborn, depriving her of the loss of society and suffered a substantial pecuniary loss including pain and mental anguish as a result of her death.

    Dr. Michael Lantz of Maryland states in his report of meritorious claim, "The care of Britni Crowe and Kylie Ann Berg fell below the standards of obstetrical practice."

    The case has been assigned to District Judge Michael Reagan.


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