$19,600,000 Awarded Couple After Baby Brain-Damage at Birth

Publication:Staten Island Advance
Author:Samuel Maull, The Associated Press
Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:Thomas Moore, representing the Maing family in a Queens, New York medical-malpractice case, won a $19.6 million verdict for Eun Sook Maing, a jewelry designer, and her husband, Soo Maing, who works for the post office. Their baby, Daniel Maing, was born with cerebral palsy, and Eun Maing was, as the Staten Island Advance article noted, "mutilated" during the baby's delivery.

During the three-week-long trial, Mr. Moore showed that the doctor who delivered Daniel, on October 16, 1998, "yanked at his head with forceps for 23 minutes." The forceps, which clasped around Daniel's head, cut off oxygen to his brain. After Daniel was forcibly pulled from his mother's womb, he needed "emergency resuscitation" right away. Further damage was inflicted by the anesthesiologist, who was supposed to place a breathing tube into Daniel's windpipe, but instead placed the breathing tube into the esophagus. This brought oxygen straight into the baby's stomach instead of into his lungs. The doctor severely injured the mother, by tearing her vaginal area all the way to her rectum. After one day of deliberations, the jury awarded Mrs. Maing $12 million and $7.6 million to Daniel.
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