Hospital Blames Doctor for Delivering Baby Amid Cyberattack After Child Dies, Mother Sues

An Alabama woman has filed a lawsuit against the hospital where her now-deceased daughter was born and the doctor who delivered the baby, claiming that diminished care capabilities at the hospital during a cyberattack she was not informed of were to blame for the baby's death, the Associated Press reported.

Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama, has claimed that responsibility lies only with Dr. Katelyn Braswell Parnell, saying that she had complete knowledge of the risks when she chose to move forward with the delivery.

The hospital said Parnell "was fully aware of the inaccessibility of the relevant systems, including those in the labor and delivery unit, and yet determined that Kidd could safely deliver her at Springhill," referring to Teiranni Kidd, the baby's mother.

Springhill, which has asserted its innocence, requested that a judge dismiss the lawsuit's most serious stipulation that hospital officials colluded to present a false, misleading, and deceptive narrative" to the public as hospital conditions amid the cyberattack made it unsafe to deliver a baby. The hospital also argued that Alabama law didn't legally require it to provide Kidd with information on the cyberattack, AP reported.

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Hospital Lawsuit Results in Cyberattack
An Alabama mother is suing a doctor and hospital, blaming diminished care at the hospital after a cyberattack for the later death of her baby. Above, health care workers inside the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit in North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, Louisiana, on August 13, 2021. Emily Kask/AFP via Getty Images

Springhill Medical Center was deep in the midst of a ransomware attack when Nicko Silar was born July 17, 2019, and the resulting failure of electronic devices meant a doctor could not properly monitor the child's condition during delivery, according to the lawsuit by the child's mother.

Left with severe brain injuries and other problems, the baby died last year after months of intensive care at another hospital.

The lawsuit, initially filed in Mobile County in 2019 while Nicko was still alive, was first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

The malpractice lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount of money from the hospital and Parnell, who delivered Nicko, contends Springhill did not reveal the severity of the cyberattack publicly or to Kidd. The woman "would have gone to a different and safer hospital for labor and delivery" had she known what was going on, it claims.

Parnell and her medical group, Bay Area Physicians for Women, denied she did anything that hurt Nicko or caused the child's injuries and death.

Springhill released a public statement about the cyberattack the day before the child was born saying that staff "has continued to safely care for our patients and will continue to provide the high quality of service that our patients deserve and expect," WKRG-TV reported at the time.