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ROCK HILL, S.C., /PRNewswire — A South Carolina jury in mid-February awarded $4.4 million to the parents of a child who suffered a brain injury at birth. The award was against Piedmont Hospital.
The jury said the hospital was at fault when it assigned a nurse trainee to monitor Robin Wilson, who arrived three days before her scheduled induction with nausea and vomiting. The nurse misread fetal heart monitoring data showing the baby was in dire distress and needed emergency intervention, according to the plaintiffs.
Sierra Wilson was born in 2003 with severe brain injury due to oxygen deprivation and later developed cerebral palsy. She died in 2008 of complications from cerebral palsy.
“When medical professionals fail to meet reasonable standards of care they need to be held accountable, and the jury agreed with that,” said Ken Suggs, of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, Columbia, S.C., attorney for the couple.
Robin and her husband, Brice, of Ft. Lawn, sued Piedmont Hospital, doing business as Amisub, in the York County Court of Common Pleas.