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Judgment sought over infant's death

Published December 30. 2010 05:00PM

Nine entities have been named defendants in a medical and professional liability lawsuit filed in Carbon County Court of Common Pleas this week by a Colorado couple who claim negligence in medical care resulted in their baby dying about 36 hours after its birth in 2008 at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.

The plaintiffs are Navin Chandiramani and Deepa Chandiramani of Westminster, Colo., in their own right and as coexecutors of the estate of Saanvi Chandiramani, the infant. They are seeking in excess of $50,000 in each of 20 counts listed in the suit, in addition to other relief deemed appropriate by the court.

At the times of the medical care and treatment, the plaintiffs lived at 1407 Tall Trees Drive, Scranton.

The defendants are: Kailash R. Makhija, M.D., Kailash R. Makhija, M.D., P.C., Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, the Blue Mountain Health System, Inc., L. Narayana Gajula, M.D., and Yih Shyong Ko, M.D., all of the Gnaden Huetten Professional Building, 281 N. 12th St., Suite F, Lehighton; Northeast Pediatrics, L.L.C., 335 Knoll Drive, Lehighton; Blue Mountain Anesthesia Associates, P.C., Carlisle, Pa.; and Blue Mountain Anesthesia Services, P.C., Harrisburg.

The suit, filed by attorney Andrew J. Stern, Philadelphia, demands a jury trial be held to resolve the claims.

The complaint states Deepa Chandiramani, the mother of the child, was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 28, 2008, on the service of Dr. Makhija, having been 39-plus weeks pregnant at the time. The plaintiff claims attempts to deliver the baby the following day began around 8 a.m. but were unsuccessful despite repeated "traumatic" attempts, and that Saanvi was delivered at 6:49 p.m. The plaintiff contends negligence in the delivery attempts resulted in the baby being born apneic, bradycardic, cyanotic, floppy and hypotonic with severe hypoxia and in neurogenic shock.

The complaint states the baby had no heart rate at the time of delivery, and that medical personnel intubated the child with an endotracheal tube within minutes of the birth. The suit says resuscitation efforts continued until Saanvi was transferred by helicopter to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. The child was admitted at 4:04 a.m. Dec. 30 and died the following day at 8:50 a.m.

A total of 20 persons identified as nurses and/or respiratory therapists employed by the defendants, are named in the suit as "agents and/or employees" of the doctors or the hospital.

The 20 counts include nine counts of corporate negligence, three counts of negligence, two counts each of medical professional liability and lack of informed consent, and one count each of negligent infliction of emotional distress, wrongful death, survival action and loss of consortium.

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