An Illinois hospital and doctor will pay $15.35 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman whose son suffered brain damages during delivery in 2001. According to attorneys for the family, Cody Smithey now suffers from Cerebral Palsy and mental retardation stemming from the unsuccessful use of a vacuum extractor device. Her attorneys said it is one of the largest settlements of its kind in the state.
Vanessa Jenkins delivered her son at Valley West Community Hospital in October 2001. According to her attorneys, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, her labor was uneventful until Dr. Martin Brauweiler began using a vacuum extractor device, employing it 18 times in a 50-minute period without success. Jenkins had to undergo an emergency Caesarean section, after the newborn’s fetal heart rate showed he was in distress.
Jenkins’ lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard said the boy suffered cerebral palsy and mental retardation as a result of medical negligence.
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