A doctor who was nowhere to be found when a birth went horribly wrong has been found negligent by a jury. In their decision, the jury also awarded $23.1 million to the child’s family for her future care.
In this issue, we’ll talk about what happened.
The Case at a Glance
The child’s mother selected the hospital for her delivery specifically because of advertisements that heralded an on-site neonatologist, which is a healthcare professional specifically trained to handle high-risk deliveries.
The mother was 38 at the time, making her condition then a high-risk pregnancy.
During the delivery, the mother and a nurse noticed a large pool of blood that had collected on her bed. Also, the child’s heartbeat was no longer readable.
Although the delivery room staff tried to reach the doctor – a neonatologist – they were unable to. Instead, an associated of the doctor’s was reached and was able to provide supervision of the child’s care.
While an initial blood transfusion was ordered, it wasn’t enough. More blood was ordered but was delayed. It took nearly three hours after being born for the child to be fully transfused.
The numerous delays combined with a 60% loss of her blood supply contributed to the child developing cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Where Was The Doctor?
According to the doctor’s lawyer, he left his cellphone and pager at the hospital after he changed clothes from working an earlier shift.
Through his lawyer, the doctor maintained that he wasn’t at fault because the “massive brain damage” occurred before delivery and that neonatologists provided “care for babies after they are delivered.”
How The Jury Ruled
Unfortunately for the doctor, the jury didn’t buy his excuse. Instead, they found him liable in causing the child’s injuries.
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