$1.5 million for family of pregnant woman who died from chicken pox

The four children of a 31-year-old woman who died after delivering the youngest of them will share a $1.5 million settlement from two doctors who failed to diagnose and treat their mother’s chicken pox. The woman was pregnant with her fourth child when she was exposed to chicken pox. The obstetrician and the infectious disease specialist he consulted failed to determine whether she was immune to the infection or to administer medication to prevent her from developing a serious case of the virus. She went on to develop varicella pneumonia, a severe complication of chicken pox that sometimes occurs during pregnancy, and died of respiratory failure.