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Teen who suffered birth injuries granted medical malpractice award

In Massachusetts, birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy, can leave an innocent baby with catastrophic injuries that will affect the victim for the rest of his or her life.

In a recent medical malpractice case involving the birth injuries sustained by a now 15-year-old girl, a jury awarded $144 million to the victim for the injuries she sustained during her birth.

The jury believed that the hospital, doctors and hospital staff who were responsible for the baby's care and delivery during her birth acted negligently. According to the testimony heard by the jury, a C-section would have been the appropriate route to deliver the nearly 11 pound baby. Unfortunately, however, a C-section was not offered or even suggested.

Instead, the girl's mother was given Pitocin, a powerful drug that effectively forced the large baby through the birth canal when she was too large to fit naturally. This traumatic labor and delivery led to fracturing the baby's clavicle causing a brain hemorrhage.

According to her medical history, she was basically not born alive. She was not breathing and her body was not functioning. Her brain suffered severe injuries during the birth.

Amazingly, she was able to be resuscitated, but was left to suffer seizures and cerebral palsy, among other injuries.

No amount of money can compensate this girl for the loss of the potential for her life in this manner. While the jury verdict may seem like a lot of money, the amount of the medical malpractice award will be necessary to pay for around the clock medical care that will be necessary for the rest of her life.

Source: Daily Tribune, "Macomb Township family awarded $144 million in civil suit against Beaumont Hospital," Dave Phillips, Oct. 19, 2011

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