Hospital Unit Found Liable in Birth Injury

Date:15-06-1999
Publication:The New York Times
Author:Robert D. McFadden
Case
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:A "botched delivery" resulted in a jury verdict of $76.4 million to a 12-year-old girl with severe brain damage. Thomas Moore represented the girl in "one of the largest malpractice verdicts ever recorded" against the corporation that ran the hospital, according to the Times article. The trial lasted two weeks and deliberations took two hours.

Gaelle Prindilus was born January 16, 1987. During the 17 hours her mother, Yverose, was in labor, Gaelle's umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around her neck. When Yverose delivered her baby, "no doctor, no nurse, no one" was in the room, Mr. Moore said, and Gaelle was born not breathing. "Given that the infant was already severely compromised for 17 hours, and was strangled by her own umbilical cord and was not breathing, every second was crucial," Mr. Moore said. "Yet there was no one on hand to administer immediate resuscitation and life-saving measures. This was a classic example of indifferent and horrendous care."

Gaelle's mother, a Haitian immigrant, is a housewife, and her father, Sensois, works as a kitchen helper and janitor to pay Gaelle's medical bills. There are five other children in the family. Gaelle has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair, and needs constant care.
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