Corning, NY: (Feb-25-08) The family of an Addison girl brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against Corning Hospital, alleging that hospital negligence resulted in nine year old Kelly Hunt's severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. The lawsuit, brought by the girl's mother, claimed that back in 1998 the girl was admitted to Corning Hospital and placed on a fetal monitor. The lawsuit claimed nurses are required to check on that monitor every 20 minutes. But the suit claims the pregnant woman was not seen by a nurse for over 40 minutes. During that time, the baby went into distress and the delayed delivery resulted in severe brain damage and cerebral palsy.
A settlement was reached in the lawsuit, in which Corning Hospital agreed to pay the girl's family close to $2.5 million to resolve the malpractice allegations. Nine year old Kelly Hunt will now be able to get the medical care her family said she needs. She now lives with her grandparents. Legal counsel for the family said that the hospital settled out of court with the Hunt family in December 2007. The money was put in a trust fund for Kelly to help pay for physical therapy and medical needs in the years to come.
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