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Couple Awarded $55 Million in Birth Injury Suit

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A couple was recently awarded $55 million after a two-week trial against St. Luke's University Hospital and one of its doctors. According to court documents, the couple alleged the named defendants were responsibility for mistakes made during the delivery of their son. As a result, the couple's son now suffers from cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a chronic condition that is caused by damage to the developing brain during pregnancy or during the birth process. The condition affects body movement, muscle control, coordination, reflexes, posture and balance. Reportedly, when the mother went to the hospital in November 2009 to deliver her baby, the newborn did not receive enough oxygen during birth. However, the doctor failed to notice any signs of distress. During birth, because of his large size, the child became stuck in the birth canal and his mother started hemorrhaging. The couple alleges that the mother required emergency surgery and that a C-section should have been contemplated. Instead, the doctor used a vacuum extraction to complete delivery, which resulted in further oxygen deprivation. The boy, now 4-years-old, continues to suffer from his disability. After a two-week long trial, the jury conclude that both the hospital and the doctor were equally to blame for the child's injury and awarded $55 million to the couple.

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