Family Wins $32,000,000 for Hospital Birth Trauma

Date:26-07-2000
Publication:Daily News
Author:Ralph R. Ortega
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Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A Manhattan jury awarded the Greenhill family $32 million for injuries suffered by Alexander Greenhill, six years old at the time of the trial. At a Manhattan hospital, Alexander was "suffocating during labor," reported the Daily News, which caused brain injuries that left him with severe physical and learning disabilities. Thomas Moore represented the Greenhill family.

Alexander's mother, Elena, went into early labor at 34 ½ weeks. Mr. Moore said that Alexander was in fetal distress because of oxygen deprivation, but doctors insisted on a natural delivery instead of a Cesarean. Pitocin, a labor-inducing drug, was given to Elena, as well as an epidural, to help ease the pain of childbirth. Both reduce oxygen flow to the fetus, said Mr. Moore. Alexander's head was too large for a natural delivery, and his head "pounded into his mother's pelvic bone like a battering ram," said Mr. Moore. The hospital then tried to cover up the mistakes. According to the article, "Original tapes of Alexander's delivery were destroyed immediately after the boy's birth, and written reports of imaging tests did not match the films."
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