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Failure to Timely Deliver Child With Cord Wrapped Around Neck/ $2.5 Million Settlement

Posted on Oct 15, 2009

The plaintiff mother was pregnant with a due date of October 22, 1999. She was being treated for gestational diabetes. She was seen by the defendant obstetrician/gynecologist, Deborah Skannal, M.D. about two and one-half weeks prior to her due date. An ultrasound was performed at this time. The mother was admitted to the defendant hospital for induction of labor on the day before her due date as a result of her gestational diabetes. An emergency cesarean section was performed during the evening of the next day. The plaintiff child was hypoglycemic at birth and exhibited seizure-like activity. He was later diagnosed with mental retardation and cerebral palsy. The plaintiff claimed that the physicians and the hospital staff failed to recognize that the ultrasound showed the placental cord around the fetus' neck, which was not relayed to the labor and delivery unit. The plaintiffs also argued a failure to properly interpret fetal monitoring and signs of intrauterine fetal distress and failed to timely perform a cesarean section. The plaintiffs also claimed that the physicians were not timely informed of intrauterine fetal distress. The plaintiffs also maintained that the child was born with the cord wrapped tightly around his neck, but he received no treatment for several hours after birth. The physicians were dismissed from the case and the matter proceeded against the hospital only.  The hospital denied any negligence and disputed the nature and extent of the child's disabilities.

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