A sick child is always a sore subject. When your child is in pain there is nothing you won’t do to see that they are helped and returned to health. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned. You might take your sick child to their doctor only to be sent home with no real diagnosis and no substantial treatment. This can be because symptoms were overlooked or that the staff on hand were negligent and didn’t perform the proper examination or tests to determine what was going on with your child. When this happens serious illnesses like Hirschsprung’s Disease can go undiagnosed and lead to more problems for your child. This sequence of events can lead to a successful medical malpractice claim regarding childhood misses for Hirschsprung’s Disease.
When a parent hears that their child has an illness like Hirschsprung’s Disease, they are understandably scared and probably confused. This type of illness isn’t as well-known as other illnesses. Due to that, it’s also possible that some lawyers aren’t properly equipped to handle this type of malpractice case. This is why finding a lawyer like Dr. Michael Gleeson is so important. Dr. Gleeson is a medical negligence attorney with a background in medicine. He is a former surgeon who has experience and training in the medical field that can help him handle cases involving undiagnosed Hirschsprung’s Disease.
An Overview of Hirschsprung’s Disease
Hirschsprung’s Disease is a medical condition of the large intestine that inhibits a child from passing stool properly. This is usually present at birth and is caused by missing nerve cells within the muscles that make up the child’s colon. Since this is a congenital disease, it can be caught in time to be treated before the disease can do any substantial damage to the child.
Newborns with the condition usually don’t have their first bowel movement after birth. However, there are times where the disease presents itself in a mild form. When that happens, it sometimes goes undiagnosed into childhood. Most of the time, the signs and symptoms of the disease are present right after birth and can be spotted easily as long as the medical staff is taking proper care of the newborn. Besides missed bowel movements the newborn may also have a swollen abdomen, vomiting, and gas. Older children may show chronic constipation, fatigue, gas, and abdominal discomfort.
Hirschsprung’s Disease is associated with genetic mutations and it is believed that newborns who have a family history of the disease are more likely to have it than others. Children with Down Syndrome and similar abnormalities are also more likely to have the disease. This disease is only treatable through surgery where the diseased part of the colon is removed.
If Hirschsprung’s Disease goes untreated for too long the baby or child is at risk for a serious infection known as enterocolitis. This is a potentially life-threatening illness that needs to be treated at a hospital with antibiotics and a colon cleaning.
How Dr. Gleeson Can Help
Dr. Gleeson has experience in the medical field as a board-certified general surgeon. He has full medical training and understands Hirschsprung’s Disease and how it can go undiagnosed. Dr. Gleeson is able to look through your medical records and quickly pick out information that might show medical negligence that led to the misdiagnosed Hirschsprung’s Disease. He has the skillset to read through technical records, evaluate test results, and spot signs and symptoms that might have been overlooked.
Before becoming a lawyer, Dr. Gleeson attended Fordham University in the Bronx, New York before moving on to NY Medical College/Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx for his surgical training. In 1989, he was named chief surgical resident at Lincoln Hospital. After picking up experience as a general surgeon in the hospital, he went into private practice where he dealt with cutting-edge procedures. He was actually one of the first doctors to remove gallbladders, appendixes, hernias, and similar ailments in outpatient procedures via the belly button.
After his medical career, Dr. Gleeson moved on to a career in law. He graduated from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California before starting his current practice in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has learned to utilize his medical experience in conjunction with his legal experience to help with medical malpractice claims including those with childhood misses involving Hirschsprung’s Disease. If you believe you have a claim like the one described here and live in the Scranton area, contact Dr. Gleeson for a free consultation.