Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) July 27, 2007 -- The federal administration, particularly the Air Force was ordered to pay $24.5 million to a family, formerly of the Scott Air Force base on a baby delivery case. According to the judge's resolution, this payment is being directed because the Air Force failed to issue the standard care in delivering the couple's baby boy.
The court judgment was issued by U.S. District Judge Patrick Murphy and after this week's trial, he have pronounced the delivery of baby Toby Tremain last 2003 to Evelyn and Steve Tremain as an "unhappy story." The substandard care given by the Air Force paramedics was one of the main reasons for the child being overwhelmingly impaired due to cerebral palsy.
In his court decision, Judge Patrick Murphy declared that part of the substandard care was due to the allowing of military rank to get involved in the pregnant woman's care.
Earlier during the pregnancy, their obstetrician Dr. John Smith has warned the couple, that Evelyn Tremain could not give birth through a "midwife delivery." This was because Evelyn Tremain was already aged 37 and previously had a Caesarean surgery. However, through the succession of events, Judge Murphy declared that Tremain got a "midwife delivery" anyway, despite the warnings.
Lt. Col. Shari Stone-Ulrich was the midwife allowed to practice delivery at the St. Louis suburb's St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. This set up was due to an agreement between the hospital and Scott Air Force Base. However, it was agreed upon that a physician must supervise Lt. Col. Ulrich must be supervised and she was to perform only on uncomplicated deliveries.
Lt. Col. Stone - Ulrich was superior in rank from Dr. Smith and Judge Murphy determined that during Tremain's delivery, providers must have considered Stone-Ulrich like she was a doctor. Even when there were telltale signs that the heart rate of the baby delivered was not normal, officials continued deferring to Stone -Ulrich, the judge declared.
When Dr. Smith was called in to perform surgery, the baby was already half extruded from its mother's uterus and into her abdominal cavity. It was blue and listless, according to description and was taken to the children's hospital, St. Louis.
The baby is already 4 years old, but the judge's ruled that he may never have a normal life because his mother got midwife services rather than of a physician. This was also the declaration of Tremain's attorney, Bruce Cook. Cook owed the tragic injury of the child to the incompetence and negligence with which Tremain's delivery was handled.
The boy is entitled to the large verdict as allocation for his care in the coming years.