$1.18 Million

Parents Lose Their Newborn Child During Delivery Because of Negligence of Physician

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice | Settled | $1.18 Million

A married 25-year-old was 37 weeks pregnant with her and her husband’s first child. She was determined to have preeclampsia, so labor was induced. During active labor, it was difficult to maintain the fetal heart rate of the baby. In fact there was no fetal heart monitoring recorded for hours at a time. After 24 hours and 45 minutes of the induction process, the last recorded FHR was 150. One hour and 40 minutes later, the defendant Ob/Gyn physician was asked if he wanted a scalp electrode placed for fetal heart monitoring (membranes ruptured 25 minutes earlier); he declined. An hour later, the defendant was “notified of little progress and difficulty getting fetal heart rate tracing. Internal scalp electrode placed.” The decreased fetal heart rate was only then realized and the decision to delivery the baby via emergent C-section was made. When the baby was delivered she was blue and limp. Several attempts were made to resuscitate her, including multiple intubation attempts, but efforts to revive the baby were unsuccessful. The case settled for the statutory maximum of $1,187,001.

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