$1.2 million verdict for death of newborn infant
A Plymouth County jury awarded a verdict of $1.2 million, including interest, to a woman whose three-day-old infant died of complications related to delivery. She had been admitted to the hospital in the early evening for the planned Cesarean section delivery of her fourth child the next morning. Despite multiple warning signs that the baby was in distress throughout the night, the obstetrician decided to wait until the regularly scheduled morning surgery to deliver the baby. By that time, the baby girl had suffered complications due to lack of oxygen and aspiration of meconium into her lungs. She died of respiratory failure three days later.