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Corinth Doctor Sued Over Woman's Delivery of Twins

By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
A lawsuit was filed Monday in Alcorn County Circuit Court against a local doctor and Magnolia Women’s Clinic in relation to a woman’s delivery of twins.
Kirstin Fitzgerald of Alcorn County filed the lawsuit against Dr. Don Simpson and Magnolia Women’s Clinic, 512 Alcorn Drive, Corinth. Fitzgerald also filed the lawsuit on behalf of “S.F.,” a minor.
The lawsuit alleges that S.F. suffered “permanent injuries,” such as the “inability to crawl, walk, talk, or even sit up.”
The lawsuit added, “Her (S.F.’s) neurologist believes that she is blind and that she will never walk.”
Simpson could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. The defendant had not filed an answer to the lawsuit, and there was no attorney for Simpson or the clinic filed with the circuit court.
Fitzgerald was expecting twins, and she went to the emergency room at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth with labor pains on Saturday, March 18, 2017, the lawsuit says.
Contractions were three minutes apart and dilation was at 4. Simpson started a magnesium drip on Fitzgerald “in an attempt to delay her labor,” the lawsuit says.
“She asked repeatedly to be transferred to Memphis but was not transferred until Monday, March 20, 2017,” the lawsuit charges.
The babies were delivered immediately when she arrived, and both babies needed a blood transfusion, it added.
One baby is in good health, but the other baby, “S.F.,” “suffers from severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, according to the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs allege that Simpson and Magnolia Women’s Clinic “breached the acceptable standard of medical care” by:
Failing to recognize from the fetal monitor strips that “S.F.” was in distress;
Delaying Fitzgerald’s labor;
Failing to immediately deliver the twins;
Failing to immediately transport Fitzgerald by ambulance to a higher care facility;
“The negligent acts and omissions of said defendants were so gross and inexcusable as to constitute a wanton and willful disregard for the safety and well-being of Kirstin Fitzgerald and S.F.,” the lawsuit asserted.
The injuries to the plaintiffs would not have occurred if the defendants had followed “nationally recognized standards of medical care” or even a “minimally competent professional,” the lawsuit charged.
Some of the damages sought by the plaintiffs include medical expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering and lost wages. Punitive damages are also sought to “deter the wrongdoer from engaging in such conduct in the future.”
The plaintiffs have requested a jury trial and are represented by T.K. Moffett of Tupelo.
Magnolia Regional Health Center spokesman Ben Tucker said Dr. Simpson and Magnolia Women’s Clinic are “independent” and not owned by the hospital.
Simpson has “privileges to practice at MRHC granted by the medical staff and board,” Tucker added.

8 Comments

  1. KLMA KLMA May 12, 2018

    This is not the first of many lives he has caused harm to.. he almost killed me and my oldest son almost 20 years ago and should’ve been banned from ever delivering anymore children anywhere.. I should’ve filed suit then but being young and just plain thankful that my son didn’t die and seemed ok I didn’t but he’s had learning disability and he falls and stumbles due to neurological reasons but I was so thankful God saved us from the tragic and pain that he has caused all the others for that I am sorry maybe if I had been one of the many to speak up on our story maybe others wouldn’t have had to endure the pain he caused others.. please people speak up don’t let this monster continue to harm and kill our children and mothers

  2. Samantha pearson Samantha pearson May 12, 2018

    Personally Simpson saved both my children! Sent me to every care facility he seen I needed to go to! Glad I had him and would most definitely use him again.

  3. Stacy Stacy May 12, 2018

    This is what maggot gets for hiring these 19 year old RN’s with ONLY 2 years of class room training (rookie/green horns) that’s dumb as mud, starting them out at $18 hr MAYBE! Straight from a service station or high school and straight to saving someone’s life! These little community colleges will boost them up, convince them they are as smart as a dr and they feel like God! They got the big name but nothing to go along with it. VERY DANGEROUS but cheap labor. Most bigger cities won’t even hire a nurse for anything very important with a minimum of a BSN. Good old maggot will because it saves them millions but sometimes not in long run

  4. EW EW May 12, 2018

    This is just one of many lawsuits to come if Corinthians don’t hold this hospital and their doctors to higher standards! It’s been a long time coming!

  5. Deanna Smith Deanna Smith May 12, 2018

    I wish I could say I am shocked by this story but I am not. My daughter had Dr Simpson for her first pregnancy and this story could well have been her story had she not had support people with her. Her labor was augmented with one medicine, then stalled with another, effectively stopping her contractions altogether and drawing her active labor to a completely stop for several hours.
    Please, please educate yourself on your doctor and his track record, educate yourself on your chosen hospitals protocols surrounding birth, find your voice and make it loud and clear. You are in charge of your birth and these stories don’t have to happen. Always have someone with you who knows your wishes, understands the birth process and understands what each step of the process means for you and your baby.

  6. Lanesha Penrose Lanesha Penrose May 12, 2018

    Sorry your going through this. The doctor should have definitely listened to your requests. Some of them have the big head and some of their decisions ruin lives. I’ll being praying for your family 🙏🙏🙏👆

  7. DANIELLE SCHUTT DANIELLE SCHUTT May 13, 2018

    I absolutely loved the EMPLOYEES at Magnolia womens center. Dr Simpson however, not so much. He was extremely rude, wont let you have an epidural until you’re at a 5 and prolonged my labor for 26 hours.

  8. Shari Loving Shari Loving May 16, 2018

    I feel for this poor mother. I thank God my situation didnt go that way. I went into labor at home on Nov 4 2006 and upon arrival to hospital, the nurse called my delivery doctor, Don Simpson, and he told the nurse he was busy having dinner with his wife. Valerie Alder came to see about me and called Dr Hsu to finish delivering my baby boy.

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