Cook County (Ill) Circuit Court
On Thanksgiving Day, an Ob/Gyn performed an elective tubal ligation in the only operating room in the hospital’s labor and delivery suite. Prior to the procedure’s start, fetal monitoring on a laboring woman showed minimal variability and variable decelerations. This trend persisted for 2 hours and then worsened. Nurses later discovered a prolapsed umbilical cord.
It took hospital staff 20 minutes to secure an operating room and appropriate surgical staff. The child, born via emergency cesarean, suffered brain damage leading to cerebral palsy, spastic quadriparesis, and an inability to walk or talk.
The defense denied negligence, maintaining the child had a preexisting fetal inflammatory response syndrome.
- The Ob/Gyn settled for $1.5 million. The jury awarded the plaintiff $12.5 million against the hospital.