San Diego Family of Infant Receives $20 Million in a Medical Malpractice Case
Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 10:50 pm
A San Diego, CA family received a $20 million settlement after their prematurely born infant suffered brain damage from the mishandling of a feeding machine. The plaintiff, Sophia, was born five weeks premature and was held in the neonatal intensive care unit. At the time of the birth, Sophia’s mother received good news that her baby was healthy; however, when Sophia’s mother went to check on her baby few days later, she was shocked and horrified to see that her child looked lifeless and completely pale. Connie, Sophia’s mother, told a local news later that “[Sophia’s] diaper was soaked, as if a pitcher of water had been poured in it.” Connie later found out that the feeding bag was leaking. She was told by doctors that the machine was improperly calibrated which caused the machine to dispense the wrong amount of food. The family filed a medical malpractice suit with the help of the family’s attorney, Michael Bomberger.
After close examination of the feeding machine, it was discovered that the baby’s food had a great quantity of glucose which caused an electrolyte imbalance in the baby and lead to the decrease of oxygen to the brain. Sophia developed cerebral palsy and struggles to walk and speak.
The case lasted three years before both parties agreed to the $20 million settlement. The money will be used for Sophia’s life care plan that will ensure she has the right level of care for the remainder of her life.