11/10/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Clarksville, TN—An army wife was awarded a $6 million settlement, two years after she filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital at Fort Campbell. The plaintiff claimed a delayed cesarean section left her daughter’s brain deprived of oxygen, causing her to develop cerebral palsy, as reported by the Tennessean on Nov. 9, 2010.
According to information provided, Sahra Sutton responded to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital where she gave birth to her daughter, Matdison Carter on March 5.
However, Sutton went on to explain, “The midwife told the doctor she needed to do a C-section, but the doctor told me to continue pushing.” The contracted doctor, who remained unidentified, was not a member of the hospital’s usual staff.
In Sept. 2008, Sutton filed suit against the Fort Campbell-based hospital, alleging her daughter’s brain was deprived of oxygen when the cesarean section was not performed on time.
Not too long after the Matdison was born, she apparently experienced trouble breathing and was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The infant remained in an incubator for more than a month.
Sutton contended Matdison developed cerebral palsy due to negligence on the part of the contracted doctor who delivered her. Though Blanchfield Army Community Hospital agreed to pay $6 million to settle the case, the medical center did not admit liability for Matdison’s injuries.
Hospital spokeswoman Laura Boyd stated, “Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s medical team and staff are deeply saddened when unexpected adverse outcomes occur with any medical treatment… We continuously strive to enhance a culture of patient safety and performance improvement.”
Sutton appeared to be content with the settlement, saying, “She is not able to do what other 4-year-olds can, but we want to make sure she can do what she can… We want to make sure she’s happy.”
The Suttons told reporters they plan to purchase a larger wheel-chair accessible home, as well as pay for extensive therapy sessions and additional medical equipment.
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