In a judgment handed down on December 9, 2016, Judge Hans-Joachim Fabricius found that negligence on part of the nursing staff of Pretoria’s Netcare Femina Hospital was the “sole cause of the cerebral palsy suffered by the baby” during a delivery at the South African hospital. In his opinion, Judge Fabricius noted that the hospital staff failed to recognize the mother was experiencing complications from prolonged labor and did not facilitate the birth by performing a Caesarean section. Instead, the staff used a vacuum extraction and forceps to deliver the baby—which can lead to fetal injury. Additionally, Judge Fabricius said the nurses had been negligent in administering pitocin, a uterine stimulant that aids contractions but can also limit the amount of oxygen delivered to the baby. Damages in the case have yet to be determined.
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