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VOL. 44 | NO. 4 | Friday, January 24, 2020

Teen wins $15M judgment against Fort Campbell hospital

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NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge in Tennessee has awarded a $15 million judgment to a 15-year-old boy who suffered a brain injury at a hospital on the Fort Campbell Army post.

The parents of the boy filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in 2015 alleging that he suffered injuries during his birth at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell. He was born at the hospital in 2005.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a ruling Tuesday, finding that the hospital failed to inform the mother, Kelly Wilson, of her choices of delivery and didn't properly monitor the fetus during labor.

"My son has waited so long for justice," Wilson said in a release from the Baltimore law firm, Janet, Janet and Suggs, that brought the case. The boy suffers from cerebral palsy and other neurological deficiencies as a result of his brain being deprived of oxygen during labor.

Trauger said in the ruling that if the boy would have been delivered by cesarean section earlier during labor, his injuries might have been avoided.

The U.S. attorney's office in Nashville defended the hospital. A spokesman for the office declined comment on the verdict Wednesday.

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