Poor communication at hospitals can cause medical negligence that leads to injuries and sometimes disabilities.
Ms. Snow can now afford to have her 5-year-old son live back home with her, where he belongs. In November of 2019, a jury deliberated six hours before awarding her son and his mom $50 million.
Ms. Snow says she went into West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park, Illinois, on August 16, 2014 at 34-weeks pregnant, in a panic, because she had noticed her baby was no longer moving, and was worried that something was wrong.
The nurses initiated fetal monitoring, but ignored signs that the baby in utero was being starved of oxygen. They never called a doctor. An ultrasound was done, and showed the baby was not moving. Still, no doctor was called.
After six hours, a doctor was finally called in, and an emergency C-section was performed. But it was too late. Little Gerald had been starved of oxygen for way too long, and was born with permanent severe brain damage. He was born not breathing, limp and pale, and had to be resuscitated.
“The jury found the hospital staff failed to call a doctor and ignored the baby’s oxygen levels for six hours – causing Gerald to be born with brain damage.” (Chicago.CBSLocal.com)
Now, at 5-years-old, Gerald cannot speak, cannot walk, and cannot even sit up on his own. He has to be taken care of 24 hours a day by his mom and medical staff.
He can smile and squeal. His mother says, “He’s the bright light of everybody’s lives…All he does is smile and laugh.”
Snow said she took care of her son for four years, when it got to the point that she could no longer afford to stay at home and take care of him. She took him to “Misericordia Home, a facility that helps provide care for people with mild to severe developmental disabilities.”
After the verdict, Snow can now bring her son home, and will be able to afford to take care of him. “He will now be able to come back to live with me at home. He’s all I got and I’ve got to go to him now and tell him that everything will be all right.” (ChicagoSunTimes.com)
“We have waited a long time for this day,” she said. “Even though Gerald can’t talk in the same way as us, I wanted his voice to be heard.” (6ABC.com)
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