A doctor’s negligence has caused a baby to suffer injuries that will last a lifetime.
Alex Sims, the mother of the infant, is now suing Dr. Frank DeLee for a rough delivery in May 2015, which left her child disabled. Apparently, DeLee had been drinking “happy hour” tequila before he was called in to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas to deliver the baby.
In a cell phone video shared with Crime Watch Daily, the doctor can be heard saying: "Wasn't that many people in the bar when I left.”
Sims’ family, who was recording a video of the birth, filmed the exchange between DeLee and a nurse on duty.
"So... is Belvedere that you just had to pour out? Is that what...?,” the nurse said.
"No, tequila,” the doctor responded.
DeLee was the only doctor on call, as Sims' doctor was on vacation. The family smelled alcohol on his breath but had no choice but to let him go ahead with the delivery.
Apparently, he even kicked off his shoes upon entering the delivery room, and was dressed in shorts. Being drunk, DeLee did something wrong when pulling out Sims’ son from the birth canal. It has resulted in the little boy having Erb's Palsy, a condition that causes paralysis to the arm due to nerve damage.
"I kept telling the doctor I can feel everything. I think the epidural wore off. And he's like, 'Oh, just scoot your fat ass down' and 'Oh, I bet you wish your doctor would have came back in town,’” Sims said.
Due to the doctors’ careless attitude, baby Jared now suffers from limited mobility and range of motion.
Reporters from Contact 13 reached out to DeLee only to be told that his lawyer had advised him not to talk with news reporters on camera. They tried to provide an email address for further correspondence, but he slammed the phone down.
Interestingly, this is not the first time the doctor has delivered a baby with the same kind of injury.
Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners records show that in 2012, the gynecologist settled a case of "negligent vaginal delivery that result in shoulder dystocia."
He also has another half dozen reports of malpractice. Since he has such a worrisome record, the real question is why was he still allowed to practice?