$4.4 million settlement for brain injured child

The family of a 6-year-old Springfield boy has received $4.4 million in settlement of its claims against the obstetric staff who managed the child’s delivery. The staff failed to respond to escalating signs of fetal distress during labor and delivery, resulting in severe oxygen deprivation. This continued for several hours, before another physician arrived and decided that an emergency Cesarean section was necessary. The baby suffered a brain hemorrhage and swelling, which caused permanent neurologic impairments. The boy lives at home with the aid of a ventilator and a tracheostomy.