A mother reached a $9.5 million settlement with the healthcare providers who she claimed acted negligently during the birth of her son and were responsible for the boy developing cerebral palsy.
The delivery was fraught with complications, and was performed alone by a nurse midwife. The sponsoring doctor, who was supposed to be on call, was actually out of the country. The baby apparently suffered a brain injury after being deprived of oxygen for the last 15 minutes of delivery as a result of a compressed umbilical cord. The midwife allegedly did not call for help.
In the settlement, the hospital agreed to pay the Illinois mother $7.5 million, while the doctor and the midwife will pay her $1 million each.
AboutLawsuits.com explains the dangers of oxygen deprivation during childbirth:
Cerebral palsy can be caused by an injury to an infant’s brain before, during or shortly after birth. If the brain of a baby is deprived of oxygen, it can result in irreversible damage that leaves the child with developmental problems, loss of motor functions and other life-long injuries and disabilities associated with cerebral palsy. The condition is also commonly associated with seizures, sensory impairments and cognitive limitation.