A ten-year old girl has received an additional $9.87 million as resolution of her birth injury medical malpractice case against a hospital in Ireland. The initial settlement was $1.54 million that included an apology from the hospital.
Alex Butler was born at Waterford Regional Hospital in 2005. The hospital admitted liability for the child’s permanent injuries which included quadriplegia, the paralysis of all four limbs. She was in the wrong position in the womb for the final 10-12 minutes of her April 12, 2005 birth and was delivered with the cord around her neck and required immediate intubation. Court documents reveal that the hospital did not have adequate staff present during the delivery, including a skilled obstetrician.
As a result of her birth injuries, Alex suffered severe spinal cord injuries that have permanently disabled her.