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Chicago Hospital Hit With $23.6M in Birth Injury Lawsuit

Chicago Hospital Hit With $23.6M in Birth Injury Lawsuit

A Cook County jury ordered Chicago's Amita Health Saint Hospital to pay $23.6 million to a 4-year-old who suffered brain damage during birth as the doctors failed to perform a cesarean section quickly enough to deliver her in a healthy condition.  After two days of deliberation, the jury awarded the toddler, and her family, for loss of a normal life, pain and suffering, and future medical expenses among other things.  According to the lawsuit filed in 2015, the girl's mother was taken to the emergency room

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A Cook County jury ordered Chicago's Amita Health Saint Hospital to pay $23.6 million to a 4-year-old who suffered brain damage during birth as the doctors failed to perform a cesarean section quickly enough to deliver her in a healthy condition.

After two days of deliberation, the jury awarded the toddler, and her family, for loss of a normal life, pain and suffering, and future medical expenses among other things.

According to the lawsuit filed in 2015, the girl's mother was taken to the emergency room during her pregnancy after she suffered a fall. After conducting certain tests and observation, she was discharged. On December 19, she returned to the hospital after she was kicked in her stomach by a patient she was attending to at her job as a nursing assistant. It was discovered that there was some issue with the baby's heart functioning.

The lawsuit stated, after three hours of arriving in the ER, the woman underwent a c-section. It was later discovered that her daughter, did not receive adequate oxygen and blood for a certain period of time, which caused brain dysfunction. She had extensive mental and motoric deficits, for which a lifetime of ongoing treatment and supervision will be required. 

The family blamed the hospital and the doctors for their negligence. The jury found the hospital responsible for the infant's condition. The award was placed in a fund which will help the kid's family to cope with the cost of lifelong medical treatment and day-to-day care.

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