A family recently settled its lawsuit against a Hawaii military hospital for birth injuries that caused a boy to develop cerebral palsy. The lawsuit listed disturbing details about doctors' actions preceding the emergency c-section birth of Noah Whitney, now 3.
Noah's mother was considered a high-risk pregnancy because she had a history of miscarriages and had a difficult labor birthing Noah's older sibling. As a result, Noah's mother and her doctor closely monitored her pregnancy and prepared for delivery complications.
During her 35th week of pregnancy, Noah's mother suffered severe pain in her lower abdomen. She arrived at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, but hospital staff failed to act urgently and contact her obstetrician.
She had suffered a uterine rupture - her medical history indicated that she was at risk for this condition - so the hospital staff should have diagnosed the condition and performed an emergency cesarean section. According to the suit, hospital staff inappropriately delayed the c-section, causing Noah to suffer severe brain damage and cerebral palsy.
Noah's family recently settled its military medical malpractice lawsuit against Tripler for $9 million. Such settlements are usually confidential but when, as here, the suit is against the government the details are public information.
If you or someone in your family was seriously harmed or killed by medical negligence at a military hospital, you need to assess your legal options with a skilled attorney.
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Source: Insurance Journal, "$9M Settlement For Boy's Cerebral Palsy From Hawaii Hospital," Jan. 30, 2014