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Medical Verdicts

Delayed cesarean for second twin?

May 2005 · Vol. 17, No. 5

<court>Undisclosed Ohio venue</court>

Following the vaginal birth of the first child in a set of twins, the second child began to experience prolonged deep decelerations. His heart rate remained at 60 to 80 beats per minutes for 17 minutes before a cesarean delivery was ordered. The infant suffered acute hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

In suing, the plaintiff argued the defendants were negligent in not initiating cesarean delivery sooner.

  • The parties settled for $800,000.

The cases in this column are selected by the editors of OBG Management from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts, with permission of the editor, Lewis Laska, of Nashville, Tenn ( While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.