Bx. Teen Awarded $29,000,000 in Hospital Suit

Date:10-11-1998
Publication:New York Post
Author:Naomi Toy
Case
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Bronx jury awarded Charles Frye, age 15, $29 million after suffering oxygen deprivation at birth that left him with permanent brain damage. Thomas Moore tried the case on behalf of the family.

When Charles's mother, Gladys, was pregnant, she had pre-eclampsia, a blood-pressure condition. When she went into labor, inexperienced residents found fetal distress, and more tests confirmed a problem. Mrs. Frye was in labor for three days and the baby was in distress all that time. The medical care at the hospital "took that particular weekend off," Mr. Moore was quoted in the New York Post article. "There were so many chances to save this baby, but there was nobody there to take charge." Finally an attending physician examined Mrs. Frye and immediately delivered the baby by Cesarean section.

After the verdict, Mrs. Frye, who has two other children, felt "wonderful," and said, "When I told him [her son], he was ecstatic. I'm overjoyed for my son because now he won't be left out of things. This will make a big difference, because he's going to need a lot of help, because with his disability he will probably never be able to work and this will take care of him."