$750,000 settlement for developmental delays in second twin

A New Hampshire boy who was the second of twins delivered prematurely at 29 weeks has received a $750,000 settlement to pay for the costs of his future care. The twins’ mother was admitted to the hospital in premature labor. The obstetrical staff ignored the mother’s complaints of contractions, and failed to recognize that delivery was imminent. Because delivery was imminent, the second twin, who was in a breech presentation, was delivered by a traumatic vaginal delivery because there was insufficient time to arrange a Cesarean section. The obstetrical staff maintained that they did not want to examine the mother because of the risk of infection, and that it was an appropriate medical judgment to perform a vaginal delivery.