A Massachusetts woman was forty weeks pregnant when she arrived at a local hospital due to her contractions and a reassuring fetal heart rate. Four hours later, the fetal heart rate monitor indicated a change in the baby’s heart rate, and the obstetrician was reportedly ordered to appear at the hospital. But he did not promptly arrive or evaluate the woman. As the fetus’s heartrate became increasingly irregular, the obstetrician still did not arrive. Nurses reportedly called the obstetrician; he said that he was on his way and to keep him updated.
After nurses could no longer locate the fetal heart rate, another obstetrician was contacted. He ordered an emergency caesarian section to speed up the delivery. The infant was born, but was reportedly limp and cyanotic. Despite the response of the hospital’s staff, the infant tragically died.
The mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital, alleging that the failure of her initial obstetrician to arrive on time and properly supervise her delivery caused her baby’s death. The mother’s attorney, Krysia Syska, argued that if the obstetrician had arrived at the hospital when he was first requested to do so, he would have been able to intervene in the delivery at an earlier time and save the infant’s life. For their involvement and liability, the hospital agreed to pay the mother $1 million in personal injury damages in order to settle her wrongful death lawsuit.
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