A New Jersey hospital has to pay a $7.1 million settlement to a family whose son was born with severe brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. NJ.com reported on the incident.
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The suit was filed in 2017 and alleged that a delay in the delivery caused “a deviation from accepted standards of obstetrical care”. Due to the delay, the boy is unable to walk or feed himself. He suffers from seizures and hydrocephalus and must take many medications. He requires round-the-clock care.
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When babies suffer even a little bit of oxygen deprivation, it can cause a lot of damage to the body and brain. The transition between breathing through the umbilical cord and breathing through the lungs is a critical time. If there is a problem, even small delays can cause lifelong problems like this one.
The settlement has no admission of wrongdoing from the hospital or the doctors, but the money will be placed into a trust and a structured settlement annuity to pay for the medical care of the child for the remainder of his life.
We are glad that the child will be able to get the care he needs and the family can stop worrying about how to pay for it.