Jury awards couple $14.5 million after botched birth left their son with cerebral palsy and unable to walk, talk or even sit at four years old
The parents of a child born with cerebral palsy and a host of other medical issues will receive a massive payout from his obstetrician and hospital.
Nicole Welker and Justin Brinkley of Wellsville, Ohio, were awarded $14.5 million in compensation against a Pennsylvania hospital.
A jury found the staff at Penn Highlands’ Clearfield Hospital and obstetrician Thomas Carnevale made mistakes that led to the medical issues, according to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.
Those mistakes included nurses being negligent when guiding Welker through the delivery, as well as, ‘prescribing a drug that sped up the delivery process to the point that the child didn’t have time to recover and oxygenate between contractions.’
The suit filed by the parents’ attorneys alleged there were ‘no stops to discontinue the drug’, which was Pitocin, despite a monitor showing the baby was lacking oxygen.
The boy, who is now four years old, cannot talk, walk or sit up.
His identity was not revealed in the case.
The compensation included $3 million for pain and suffering, while the remainder was calculated to account for his likely medical expenses over the next four decades.
The $14.5 million sum represents about one-third of the hospital’s assets, which tally to about $43 million, according to the newspaper.
Attorneys for the doctor and hospital didn’t immediately comment Tuesday.
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