Jury sides with RRMC in lawsuit over baby's birth
By Brent Curtis
Staff Writer | August 22,2014
A Rutland jury has returned a verdict in favor of a retired obstetrician and Rutland Regional Medical Center which were both being sued by a couple whose child has been diagnosed with a lifelong disability.
After less than six hours of deliberations, jurors who listened for two weeks to testimony in a case at Rutland civil court, found that Dr. Santiago-Cancio-Bello and the hospital were not liable to brain injuries that led to the development of spastic diplegia in Julia Labate.
The girl, now 7-years-old, has limited motor functions and muscle development due to the condition which her family's lawyers argued was caused by delays in delivering the child by C-Section in 2007.
The attorneys for Cancio-Bello and the hospital countered that the procedures followed the night that Julia was born were in accordance with reasonable care based on the evidence that physicians had at the time and that that monitoring of oxygen and glucose levels prior to and after the child's delivery didn't show conclusively that the injuries to the girl's brain were the result of any delays in her delivery which took place roughly two hours after her mother arrived at the hospital.
Julia Labate's parents had been seeking damages equal to the lifetime's worth of care that Julia will need.