A baby girl was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy after a hospital failed to treat a woman in labor in a timely manner.
The victim’s mother went to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center after going into labor. The obstetrician performed an ultrasound, with an outdated machine, and found that the baby did not have a heart beat.
The mother insisted that she could feel the baby kicking and yet for over an hour nothing was done to assist the mother and baby. An ultrasound technician arrived with an updated, newer machine and found that the baby did in fact have a heartbeat.
The mother was rushed into a caesarean section and the baby was born alive. However, because the baby had been deprived of oxygen for so long she had already sustained permanent injuries.
The jury found that the obstetrician was not liable and that the hospital was 100% liable. The evidence presented during trial showed that the initial machine used to determine the baby’s heartbeat had not been serviced in over ten years. Additionally the hospital failed to keep a trained technician on-site at the time of the delivery.
This little girl, now three years old, will likely require a lifetime of medical care and expenses. The jury awarded her family $ 78 million to compensate for the lifetime of care and pain and suffering both the victim and her mother endured and will continue to face.
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