It only took three hours for a six-member jury to award over $200 million to a family whose baby suffered a brain injury at birth. The Seattle Times has the story.
The defendant in the case was John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The reason for the award was bad advice from the doctors. The mother, Erica Byrom, was at 25 weeks of gestation when she developed severe preeclampsia. After admission, doctors told her that a C-section would cause her baby to die or suffer brain damage. However, a C-section was the safer option.
In October of 2014, the doctors induced labor. It took 22 hours for the baby to be born and the baby’s brain did not receive enough oxygen. Now the baby, Zubida, has cerebral palsy and microcephaly. She requires around-the-clock care.
The doctors of the hospital said that their hands were tied and that they informed Byrom of the risks of performing a traditional birth on multiple occasions. In the court records, the doctors claimed that they were prevented from performing a C-section due to the mother’s wishes. The facility plans to appeal the case.
Current Washington law limits the amount you can receive from a malpractice suit at $200 million. It remains to be seen if the appeal will lower the award. Until then, we hope that Zubida will receive damages in the meantime so she can get the care she needs after this incident.