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Family awarded millions for doctor's errors during delivery

Preparing for the birth of a child is often a joyous and exciting time for parents in New York City and beyond. It can be the best moment in a parent's life when they finally get to meet their child for the first time. Sadly, complications at birth can turn that miraculous moment into a tragic one. A birth injury can leave a child with major medical problems, which may require that the child receive lifelong care.

Recently, a jury found that two doctors were negligent after the errors they made during a child's birth left the baby with cerebral palsy and other medical problems.

According to court documents, during the 2001 delivery, one doctor performed an amniocentesis unnecessarily. In addition, he did not get the mother's permission before performing the test and failed to notice "signs of complications."

The second doctor ordered that the mother, a gestational diabetic, be induced without her permission. Because the mother should have had a Cesarean section, her baby girl was born with low blood pressure and a severe lack of blood. The baby's kidneys were also damaged and she was deprived of oxygen.

The child is now 10-years-old but suffers from cerebral palsy. She has also undergone two kidney transplants.

Medical care for the young girl has already cost the family close to $2 million. In the future, the family is expected to spend as much $8 million. However, a jury recently awarded the family $9 million.

People in New York City rely on their physicians to make appropriate decisions when it comes to their medical care. When a patient is harmed because of a doctor's negligent care, the physician may be held responsible through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Source: The Roanoke Times, "Jury finds for patients in medical malpractice lawsuit," Chase Purdy, May 19, 2012

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