MOBILE, Alabama. – An Alabama woman whose 9-month-old daughter has died has filed a lawsuit against the hospital where she was born, claiming it did not disclose that her computer systems were crippled by a cyber attack, which resulted in decreased care which led to the death of the baby.
Springhill Medical Center was in the midst of a ransomware attack when Nicko Silar was born on July 17, 2019, and the resulting electronic device failure meant a doctor could not properly monitor the condition of the patient. child during childbirth, according to the trial of Teiranni Kidd, the mother of the child.
Left with severe brain damage and other problems, the baby died last year after months of intensive care at another hospital.
The lawsuit, originally 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 demands an unspecified sum of money from the hospital and Dr Katelyn Braswell Parnell, who delivered Nicko, argues that Springhill did not disclose the seriousness of the cyberattack publicly or to Kidd. The woman “would have gone to a different and safer hospital for labor and delivery” if she had known what was going on, he says.
Springhill has denied wrongdoing and called on a judge to dismiss the more serious part of the lawsuit, which argues officials conspired to publicly create a “false, deceptive and misleading account” about the cyber attack in a pattern that made childbirth dangerous.
The hospital claimed that all the blame lies with Parnell, who “was fully aware of the inaccessibility of the systems involved, including those in the labor and delivery unit, and yet determined that [Kidd] could deliver it safely to Springhill. Under Alabama law, the hospital had no legal obligation to provide Kidd with details of the cyberattack, the hospital argued.
Parnell and his medical group, Bay Area Physicians for Women, have denied doing anything that hurt Nicko or caused the child’s injuries and death.