HARRISBURG – A Chambersburg family whose child will spend the rest of his life coping with physical and intellectual disabilities connected to a severe brain injury caused by the doctor who delivered him has been awarded $42 million in a malpractice lawsuit.
A U.S. federal judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Thursday awarded the child’s parents, Christina Late and Nathan Armolt, $42 million, to be paid by the federal government. The award follows a six-day bench trial in September.
According to a news release from Kline & Specter, PC – the office of the family’s attorney – Late and Armolt sued the federal government after a doctor employed at Keystone Women’s Health Center, a federally-supported facility, caused a forceps injury to the baby while delivering him.
On Feb. 21, 2012 at Chambersburg Hospital, everything was going normal for Late as she began to deliver the baby. However, after one push, the OB/GYN handling the delivery, Dr. Thomas Orndorf, began to use forceps, court documents show. Orndorf pulled once, removed the forceps, and then re-applied them and forcefully pulled three more times, despite the use of the delivery tool being premature at that stage of labor.
Court documents said the baby had forceps marks across his face. Within a few hours he started to show signs of intracranial bleeding and pressure, according to the attorney’s news release.
Orndorf acknowledged using forceps increases the risk of injury to…
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