When Ohio doctor Tara Shipman noticed fluctuations in the fetal monitor hooked up to laboring mother Debra Cobb, she dismissed them as normal rather than as indications that a problem was imminent. Instead of opting to perform an emergency cesarean section, Dr. Shipman allowed the birth to proceed normally. In a lawsuit, the family of the baby born that day, now-10-year old Haley Cobb, alleges that this error in judgment deprived the newborn of oxygen during the delivery process, resulting in Haley’s development of cerebral palsy, a debilitating medical condition that requires round-the-clock care. A jury agreed with the claims made by the Cobb family and issued a record-breaking $13.9 million award.
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