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Record medical malpractice award for baby’s negligent delivery

A multimillion-dollar medical malpractice lawsuit judgment has been awarded against an obstetrician found negligent in not treating a newborn for herpes. In a 150-page written decision released last week, a Justice stated that the obstetrician was negligent in not suspecting the then 17 year-old mother had herpes and not referring her newborn child to an infectious disease specialist or neonatologist. Because of the doctor’s negligence, the now 14 year-old child has been left profoundly mentally delayed and is functioning at the level of a year-old child.

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