GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WUSA) -- A Glen Burnie couple who claimed that hospital medical providers' actions caused their son to be born with a disability have been awarded $21 million, reports The Baltimore Sun and the family's attorney.
A Baltimore jury awarded $21 million to a couple whose son, Jaylan Norfleet, was born prematurely with cerebral palsy at Harbor Hospital in September 2002. According to the family attorney, "his mother's labor was induced due to a condition called preeclampsia."
The family claimed Jaylan, who is now 9 years old, lost oxygen while in the womb and that doctors should have performed a Caesarean section instead of "a prolonged vaginal birth," reports The Baltimore Son. The family attorney says that Jaylan was at risk for PVL, and physician testimony "demonstrated that Jaylan's PVL was caused by bouts of oxygen deprivation due to his umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck." A doctor anticipated this situation but apparently never discussed the issue with the mother or offered a Caesarean section, according to the attorney.
The Baltimore Sun reports that "Jaylan's family was awarded $18 million for his medical care, $2 million for lost potential wages, and $1 million for noneconomic pain and suffering. If the verdict doesn't fall on appeal, the family will likely receive $20.62 million because of a cap on noneconomic damages..."
Jaylan is confined to a wheelchair "and will be for the remainder of his life," says the family's attorney in a press release.