April 3, 2006$4 million awarded in PA cerebral palsy case

The family of a Pennsylvania boy has won a medical malpractice lawsuit against his doctors and the hospital in which he was born. The jurors, who awarded $4 million, determined that Drs. Roy Pazmino and Peter Matgouranis, and Tyrone Hospital were responsible for birth injuries during the delivery of Jacob Mayhue in 1995. Due to his birth injuries, Jacob has cerebral palsy.

Court documents show that the doctors twice used forceps on the baby during delivery before they successfully performed a Caesarean section. But the improper use of forceps interrupted the blood supply to Jacob’s brain. As a result, he now suffers from the symptoms of cerebral palsy, which include poor coordination, motor weakness and severe cognitive deficit.

One in every 2,000 babies is affected by cerebral palsy. Birth injury is the most common cause, but other birth complications, blood clots, infection and meningitis tend to be involved. The symptoms of cerebral palsy often impact a child’s ability to function in society and can entail a lifetime of assisted care and medical treatment.

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