A Baltimore jury has awarded the family of two-year-old Enzo $55 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit that blames doctors at Johns Hopkins for causing the child’s cerebral palsy.
In 2010, Rebecca Fielding, Enzo’s mother, was attempting to give birth at home when the baby became stuck. She rushed to Johns Hopkins where she waited for hours for a c-section. “They said they were waiting for blood tests, and I remember waiting and waiting and waiting and screaming ‘Where are the blood tests?’” CBS Baltimore reported Fielding as saying. “I just couldn’t believe how long it took for me to have my C-section.”
Enzo’s parents filed the medical malpractice lawsuit after an expert explained that the baby was deprived of oxygen while Fielding was waiting for the C-section, causing him to develop cerebral palsy.
Johns Hopkins issued a statement saying, “While we certainly sympathize with Ms. Fielding’s situation, we are frankly stunned and surprised that the jury found for the plaintiff in this case. We strongly deny the allegations and continue to firmly believe that the medical care provided to Ms. Fielding by Hopkins was entirely appropriate.”
The family will receive $30 million of the award, reduced from $55 million because of legal damages caps. They plan on using the award to pay for experimental medical treatments for Enzo.
The hospital says it plans on filing an appeal.