$760,000 Settlement for Failing to Perform C-Section Sooner Resulting in Death of Newborn

A woman in her early 20's pregnant with her first child had an uncomplicated pregnancy. She entered the hospital to deliver a full-term baby, at which time she came under the care of a midwife. During labor, ominous warnings on the fetal monitoring strips indicated that the baby was in distress. Despite the signs and symptoms of fetal distress, the midwife and obstetrician allowed the mother to continue in labor. By the time a Caesarian Section was performed, the baby had suffered hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) resulting in her death the following day. Evidence was presented that according to the medical standards, t he C-section should have been performed sooner, in which case the baby would have survived. Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney was able to settle the case for $760,000.

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