A Gurnee family was awarded almost $30 million after suing a group of federally employed physicians working at Northwestern University for negligence they say resulted in their physical and mental disabilities for their newborn son, reports the Sun-Times.
The lawsuit brought by the Arroyo family charges that doctors ignored an infection in the mother before the child was born. That infection spread to the boy's brain and caused him to be born with cerebral palsy. Now Christian cannot walk, talk or eat through his mouth.
“Had the federal government’s doctors followed the standard of care and provided the antibiotics to Maria or Christian at the appropriate times, Christian would have been a normal baby boy,” said family attorney David J. Pritchard to the Sun-Times.
Maria Arroyo says the doctor's ignorance resulted in permanent brain damage and left Christian a quadriplegic.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve ruled in favor of the family and awarded them $22.6 million dollars on top of a $6.5 million settlement the family received from Northwestern in 2009.
“This verdict represents the loss suffered by Christian both economically due to his extensive needs during the course of his lifetime, as well as the noneconomic loss including Christian's loss of a normal life,” said another attorney, Patrick A. Salvi II.
The award is high because the doctors were federal. Federal officials have not commented on the verdict.