Hospital to Pay $6.5M For Boy's Brain Injury

Provena Mercy Medical Center settles with boy's family

An Aurora family has been awarded a $6.5 million settlement in connection with a brain injury to their son caused by alleged negligence.

The settlement was reached on behalf of a now-7-year-old child who allegedly suffered a brain injury at birth at Provena Mercy Medical Center, the Beacon News reports.

Attorneys for the boy, Roberto Morales, Jr., say the attending obstetrician, as well as the labor and delivery nurse, failed to respond to the baby's low heart rate and reduced oxygen flow caused by the drug Pitocin.

The settlement was reached Friday afternoon in Cook County Circuit Court. Morales was treated at Provena Mercy on April 7, 2001.

Attorney Mark McKenna, of McKenna & Mertz, PC., which represented the boy, said the lawsuit was filed in Cook County because Morales received the bulk of his care at a Cook County hospital. He was flown to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after delivery, and remained there for a month, McKenna said.

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