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A mother received $8,269.50 compensation after her baby was born with brain damage and died 5 months later. The mother alleges that the doctors were negligent in not ordering a cesarean sooner. After a 16 hour labour, the motherís uterus ruptured causing permanent brain damage to the baby. The mother had to undergo a hysterectomy after the delivery. Doctorís retaliated by arguing that the woman suffered a rare complication that occurs in 1 in 27,000 deliveries and the doctors actions saved her life. The infantís death was compensated by the Birth Related Neurological Compensation Act but the motherís lawyers plan to sue for emotional distress and loss of her child. The compensation she had received simply covered funeral expenses and medical expanses for the duration of the infantís life.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Roanoke Times
About: Mother receives 8,269.50 for allegedly botched birth leading to brain damage
Date: 20 November 2004
Source: The Roanoke Times
Author: Laurence Hammack
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