May 11, 2008

Air Force Pays $5M for Childbirth Malpractice

The Air Force has paid a civilian employee $5 million for severe brain damage suffered by his baby during childbirth at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.

Factors in the case: a ruptured uterus depriving baby of oxygen for a prolonged time. The child now suffers from spastic cerebral palsy and blindness and requires a feeding tube. According to Patrick Malone, the family’s attorney, the claim was brought "under the Military Claims Act alleging that a nurse midwife ... was grossly negligent and guilty of malpractice for trying to manage a complex and high-risk delivery without calling in an obstetrician." Full article cite.

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