A $5.5 million settlement has been reached in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a woman whose son suffered severe brain damage after prolonged oxygen deprivation at birth. The damage has left the boy, now 6, unable to perform basic functions like walking, sitting on his own, feeding and talking.
“Seeing how he struggles, seeing him in a wheelchair and not being able to hear him say ‘Mom’ in English or Spanish, it’s painful. We shouldn’t have been going through all of this,” said Eva Liberato, the boy’s mother.
According to Liberato’s lawsuit, the baby’s heart rate began to plummet after she was given medication to induce contractions. A family doctor tried unsuccessfully to deliver the baby with a vacuum retractor and forceps before an obstetrician was called to deliver the baby by C-section.
A jury found the family doctor liable for the boy’s birth injuries, but the hospital and obstetrician will also contribute to the settlement