Jury orders Children’s Hospital to pay $26.1 million for failing to treat infant convulsions | Crime News
A jury delivered a record-breaking $26.1 million medical malpractice judgment Monday against Children’s Hospital & Medical Center for failing to properly treat a passive child. trauma after a fall at a nursery in Sarpy County.
After two weeks of trial and two days of deliberation, the jury ruled that Children’s Hospital and Dr. Heidi Killefer improperly discharged Vivianne T. Marousek after a head injury that resulted in the 11-month-old boy having convulsions. convulsions at the hospital.
Patrick and Joseph Cullan, attorneys for Omaha, who represent Vivianne and her parents, Andrea and Jacob Marousek, said. But when Killefer took over her care in January 2017, she concluded that the child’s one-time seizure wouldn’t last, Joe Cullan said Monday. She released the child from the hospital.
Within 48 hours of her parents bringing her home, the child had severe seizures and incurable brain damage, Cullan said.
“Every expert we’ve ever said you should never give a kid away for free – you’re going to treat the seizures,” he said. “Our clients are told, ‘Don’t worry about it, she’ll be fine.’ She has suffered profound concussions and will never be again.”
Cullan said Vivianne, now almost six years old, was healthy from the accidental fall. The child is now blind and can only speak out his parents’ drawings. She is wheelchair-bound, has a form of cerebral palsy, and cannot communicate beyond hearing her parents’ voices.