The victim is almost two years old and each passing week continues to be another milestone in his life. The victim’s mother said that the doctors initially said he would live two days, then two weeks, then two months. When the child was born, his doctor committed medical malpractice by giving him carbon dioxide instead of oxygen. This malpractice permanently damaged the child’s brain. He cannot speak, move, eat, or even breathe on his own due to the birth injury. Taking care of him costs $450,000 a year. For those costs, a federal judge awarded the child’s family $16.5 million – the largest damage verdict ever ruled in Hawaii for a single person.
The Medical Center has a long history of medical malpractice. Between January 1995 and July 2005, there were 331 malpractice claims against the Center. Although the Medical Center has accepted responsibility, no disciplinary action has been taken against the Center.
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