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.
Corinth Doctor Sued Over Woman's Delivery of Twins
By Josh Mitchell