Attorney Jim Reed represented the family of a baby girl who suffered permanent brain damage (cerebral palsy) because the labor and delivery nurses left the laboring mother unattended for more than 40 minutes, a violation of the universal nursing standard of care.
The problem is that no one was in the room to read the results and respond to the baby’s cries for help. As a result, the necessary Cesarean section to rescue the baby was delayed by more than an hour, causing the baby to suffer profound brain damage (cerebral palsy). The baby was rushed from Corning Hospital to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, but the damage was already done. The baby had a permanent brain injury called Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), which means that the baby’s brain was deprived of oxygen at birth.