A Kentucky jury awarded $1.4 million to a woman who witnessed the decapitation of her baby at delivery. The jury held the two doctors in attendance liable for the mother's emotional distress. She suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the ordeal.
• Doctors' negligence caused decapitation of baby during delivery
• Mother witnessed the tragedy as it happened
• Damages for her suffering though jury finds premature baby would not have survived
No Wrongful Death but Damages for Mother's Emotional Trauma
The doctors had used a cerclage to keep the woman's cervix closed. Despite this delivery ensued, with the baby exiting feet first. The doctors attempted to deliver the baby but neglected to remove the cerclage. This acted like a noose, and the baby's head was severed.
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