An Arkansas mother named Jody Huffmaster has joined the ranks of more than 60 parents fighting against Zofran.
During her pregnancy, Huffmaster took Zofran to treat symptoms of morning sickness. The anti-nausea drug, originally approved for cancer patients, allegedly caused Huffmaster’s son to develop numerous congenital birth defects.
Huffmaster has pursued legal assistance to gain “compensatory damages” and equitable relief to ensure that future mothers-to-be are fully informed about the potential risks of Zofran.
Mother Claims Zofran Exposure Caused Her Son’s Defects
Huffmaster’s son, referred to in court documents as B.H., has “numerous” birth injuries. In her claim, she identifies Zofran as the culprit.
B.H. was born with a cleft palate, which is a condition that causes an opening or split in the roof of her son’s mouth and lip. Children with cleft palates may develop speech disorders, stuttering, an impaired voice, feeding difficulties, hearing loss, mouth breathing, nasal congestion or snoring.
In addition, B.H. suffers from bilateral clubfoot. This condition affects the lower half of the body, creating a twist in the shape or positioning of the foot. Bilateral clubfoot may cause an abnormality while walking, calluses, knock knees or shortened legs.
Although B.H. was lucky enough to be born with a healthy heart, the majority of birth defects associated with prenatal exposure to Zofran are cardiovascular. However, B.H. was also diagnosed with respiratory distress syndrome. This means his lungs weren’t fully developed when he was born, causing difficulty breathing and potential organ damage.
A Family Dealing With Mounting Medical Costs
At just 8 years old, Huffmaster’s son has undergone two serious surgeries. Although court documents don’t specify if the procedures repaired his clubfoot, it’s likely that his cleft palate was treated.
Throughout his life, B.H.’s family has had to shoulder his medical expenses. Because the cost of multiple medical procedures is high even for families with excellent health insurance, it can be extremely difficult to come up with enough funding to cover birth defect surgeries.
On September 14, 2015, Huffmaster filed a lawsuit against the makers of Zofran. Her family is requesting damage awards that will assist with paying B.H.’s mounting medical bills.
She is suing for her family’s “severe and permanent pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses and other economic and noneconomic damages, and will require more constant and continuous medical monitoring and treatment than had they not been exposed to Zofran,” according to court files.
Additionally, Huffmaster hopes the lawsuit will help to warn future mothers about the possible risks of Zofran.
If you took Zofran while pregnant and if your child was born with birth defects, you might be entitled to compensation.
Complete a free, no-obligation case evaluation now to see if you qualify.
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