Unknown North Carolina venue
A woman presented to the hospital in labor at full term. After rupture of membranes, meconium-stained fluid was noted. The woman was fully dilated in 2 hours without anesthesia.
At delivery a severe shoulder dystocia was encountered. The first obstetrician tried multiple maneuvers, including a Zavanelli maneuver, but they were all unsuccessful. A second obstetrician who arrived then cut a fourth-degree episiotomy and rotated the fetus’s head, which led to vaginal delivery within 30 seconds. The infant was neurologically devastated and died at 9.5 months.
In suing, the family claimed the physician failed to factor in the infant’s weight, more than 10 pounds, when deciding on a delivery method and was negligent in the failure to perform an immediate cesarean section when meconium staining was encountered.
- The case settled for $765,908.