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Failure to Properly Monitor Fetus Blamed for Cerebral Palsy From Placental Abruption/ $3.99 Million Verdict

Posted on Oct 26, 2009
The plaintiff mother went to the hospital at thirty-six weeks into her pregnancy in May 2000. She was complaining of abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. There was an attempted fetal heart tracing, but no other fetal tests were performed for about three hours. At that time the nurse had trouble obtaining a fetal heart rate and called labor and delivery. A physician then found the fetal heart rate to be thirty and an emergency cesarean section was  performed. The plaintiff claimed that the doctors failed to properly monitor the fetal heartbeat. The child suffered cerebral palsy which was attributed to placental rupture. The plaintiff contended that defendant Dr. Rader was informed of the mother's condition about forty-five minutes after her arrival, but did not see or evaluate her. Th eplaintiff also maintained that defendant Dr. Chen was told of the mother's condition about two hours after her arrival, but did not see her. The defendants claimed that the placental rupture occurred only fifteen to twenty minutes prior to delivery by emergency cesarean section.

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