Baby born with brain damage awarded 32.8 million

When a woman goes to the hospital in Philadelphia to deliver her baby, she has the right to expect that she will be properly cared for and her health and the health of her unborn baby will be monitored. After all, the whole point of delivering in a hospital is to have access to medical professionals who can help, especially if something goes wrong.

Unfortunately for one expectant mother, two medical professionals whom she trusted to take care of her let her down in a big way. The woman was in labor when she was admitted to Phoenixville Hospital on November 14, 2009. Early the next morning at around 1:07 a.m., the baby’s heart slowed from a normal rate of around 150 to 60 beats per minute. The drop was noted by two nurses, however, they did not notify the woman’s doctor.

Around 13 minutes after the baby’s heart rate dropped, the doctor came into the room and noticed. The doctor told the nurses she needed to do an emergency C-section and asked them to call their supervisor in order to get an anesthesiologist.

It seems that the call to the supervisor was delayed and an anesthesiologist was not found until 1:36 a.m. As a result, the baby girl was born at 1:49 a.m. with brain damage and now suffers with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

The girl’s parents filed a medical malpractice lawsuit and were recently awarded 32.8 million, a verdict that is believed to be one of the biggest ever in Chester County.

Source: Daily Local, “Update: Phoenixville Hospital hit with $32M negligence verdict after girl born with brain damage,” Michael P. Rellahan, Jan. 22, 2014



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