Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) July 27, 2007 -- Health chiefs of Addenbrooke's Hospital admitted several medical errors made by their team during the birth of Jessica Smith, now 17 years old, which contributed to her having cerebral palsy. The hospital's administrators agreed to pay damages to Smith in a settlement made out of court for the case between the said hospital located in Cambridge and the teenaged victim born in the hospital's Rosie maternity unit.
Jessica Smith's mother, Linda was admitted to Addenbrooke's Rosie maternity unit last August 1989. Upon admittance, the medical staff noticed several signs that the baby's heart is manifesting distress.
Because of this, the doctors in charge of the delivery decided to conduct an emergency caesarean operation. However, they later retracted after deciding that there were signs of recovery in the baby's heartbeat.
Linda gave birth to Jessica by means of natural method but after the baby was delivered, about two hours after, there were no indications that she was alive.
The baby was resuscitated by the staff but became ill for several days and then developed cerebral palsy.
Trefine Maynard, a clinical negligence specialist managed the legal case of the victim. According to her, the hospital insisted initially that there would have been no difference to Jessica's catastrophic situation had they continued with the caesarean operation. However, when the legal case had been launched they finally admitted responsibility to the victim's parents for some of the injuries sustained.
The victim is also from Cambridge and presently, because of her birth defects, she is dependent on the care and assistance of family and health providers for all the necessary aspects in her life.
The settlement has made need to be presented in a court of approval since the victim is a minor and is impaired intellectually.
According to Maynard, the Hospital payment will be beneficial to allow Jessica, who is presently living with her family, be moved into accommodations that will specially adapt to her condition and have the appropriate caring facilities and equipment.