A jury has awarded $10 million to a woman, finding EVAC Ambulance Service at fault for the injuries her son received during his premature birth in 2003. The jury found that the company was negligent for transporting the woman who gave birth to her son in the ambulance while en route to a hospital in Orlando. The child, now six, weighed 1.7 pounds at birth and suffered a lack of oxygen to the brain, leaving him with cerebral palsy.
The original lawsuit included Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and two doctors for their roles in the medical case, but both hospitals and the doctors settled with the Plaintiff for a total of $1.4 million. Early on September 21, 2003, the expectant mother went to Bert Fish Medical Center suffering pain and premature labor. The emergency room physician planned to have her treated at Halifax, but an ambulance was called to transport her to Arnold Palmer in Orlando. The baby was born about 15 minutes into the trip, but had trouble breathing, and CPR was performed. Bob Kelly, a lawyer from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, represented the Plaintiffs and did a very good job.
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