October 3, 1996 in Nation/World

Boy Awarded $23 Million After Botched Birth Left Him Brain-Damaged

Associated Press

A jury awarded $23 million to an 8-year-old boy for the botched birth that left him severely brain-damaged, with cerebral palsy and unable to speak.

A jury determined Tuesday, after a month-long trial, that Tristan Royal was the victim of negligent treatment his mother, Sherry, received when he was born prematurely at Booth Memorial Hospital in April 1988.

Thomas Moore, the family lawyer, said the medical staff had failed to diagnose a urinary tract infection the mother had suffered during pregnancy, resulting in premature labor that put the baby at risk.

The mother also was not examined by a doctor until eight hours after she was admitted. During those hours, she was seen only by a physician’s assistant with three weeks’ training in obstetrics, Moore said.

Another two hours passed before the delivery, and by then, the baby’s head had moved well into the mother’s pelvis, the lawyer said.

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