On February 19, the Insurance Journal reported that a York County, South Carolina, jury awarded the parents of a seriously injured infant $4 million after a botched birth at the Piedmont Medical Center.
On November 18, 2003, Robin and Brice Wilson went to the hospital for the birth of their daughter, Sierra Wilson. After a difficult birth and severe oxygen deprivation, the child was left with brain damage and cerebral palsy. Her condition was so serious that she died of complications three months later.
The Wilsons argued that the nurse had not used the fetal heart rate monitor correctly and that she misread the device’s data, resulting in their daughter’s death.
The hospital remains sympathetic but is not admitting to fault in the case. A hospital spokesperson told the Herald of Rock Hill that it was surprised by the outcome of the medical malpractice and wrongful death case and that it was exploring its options for the next step.