$3 Million Settlement in Failure to Implement Adequate Oxygenation to Newborn

A settlement was reached in a case where a newborn, known as “Doe,” was born with a congenital condition in which part of her internal organs developed outside of her body.Right after her birth, Doe underwent a series of surgeries to place those organs inside her body.  After one of the surgeries, Doe began having difficulty breathing.  Her treating doctors placed her on a mechanical ventilator and cardiac machine and also gave her medications, all of which were not successful in returning her oxygen saturations to normal.

Doe then suffered cardiopulmonary arrest, which resulted in permanent brain damage.  Doe died two years later.

Doe’s family sued the hospital and Doe’s treating physicians claiming that the defendants chose not to provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and also failed to timely transfer the child to another hospital. Use of ECMO, a heart and lung machine for babies that circulates blood outside the body, would have permitted Doe’s body to rest and recover, the lawsuit claimed.

Before the case went to trial, the parties agreed to a settlement of $2.96 million.

The attorney representing the Doe family was Brett Panter.

Doe v. Roe Hospital.

Kreisman Law Offices has been successfully handling birth injury cases, physician negligence cases, hospital negligence cases and nursing home negligence and abuse case for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 38 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Elk Grove Village, Glendale Heights, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Flossmoor, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glenview, Olympia Fields, Oak Lawn, North Riverside, Morton Grove, Melrose Park, Maywood, Markham, Lincolnwood and Lincolnshire, Ill. 

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