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Jury Awards Mother $8M in Medical Malpractice Suit

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A jury awarded almost $8 million to a mother and her 5-year-old son, Thursday, in a medical malpractice suit against Central Maine Medical Center and one of its midwives.

The mother claimed her midwife and the hospital should have recommended an emergency cesarean section, in April 2002, when her baby appeared to be in distress. The baby was born with cerebral palsy due to lack of blood and oxygen to his brain.

The verdict is described as one of the largest medical malpractice awards handed down in Androscoggin County Superior Court. The jury reached a decision in two days following a two week trial.

A lawyer for the hospital expressed disappointment at the $7.96 million verdict, saying that a pretrial screening panel found that the hospital and its staff had complied with all guidelines.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to our section on Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.