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Medical Negligence Costs Doctor $33.8 Million After Lawsuit Pays To Upset Parents

Delivering a child can be an immensely painful and stressful experience for the mother in labor. However, doctors and nursing staff are usually a source of composure, providing calming words and medical expertise, increasing the chances of a stress-free birth.

Sadly, one mother, Marla Dixon, from Miami had the opposite experience when the doctor overseeing her birth showed an extraordinary level of neglect at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center. The doctor in question, Ata Atogho, has been found guilty of malpractice after his actions during Ms. Dixon’s birth, resulted in the child being born with brain damage.

After nearly an hour and a half of extreme pain, Ms. Dixon pleaded for Doctor Atogho to consider an emergency C-Section, saying: “Cut me. I want to be cut. I can’t do this anymore.” Not only did the doctor not even consider this option, he even walked away from the poor woman after receiving a call from his stockbroker.

After half an hour of contractions, Doctor Atogho had ordered nurses to administer a contraction strengthening drug called Pitocin. According to the testimony of an obstetrician named Martin Gubernick, the baby’s blood supply was diminishing after every contraction; something Doctor Atogho should have known.

Around the 90-minute mark, the baby began suffocating, prompting doctor Atogho to use a vacuuming device to deliver limited oxygen to the infant. However, at the completion of the delivery, the doctor was nowhere to be seen even though the infant was limp and blue in the face. An emergency revival team managed to bring the baby back to life, but as a result of the negligence Earl Jr. was born with severe brain damage.

The young baby’s parents have spoken out against the doctor, emphasizing that their child cannot speak or move independently as a result of Doctor Atogho’s actions.

The heartbroken parents of the baby boy filed a lawsuit against the doctor after his egregious mistakes. During the subsequent lawsuit, nurses testified that Doctor Atogho had fabricated Ms. Dixon’s medical records, writing: “refused c/s” despite her begging him for the operation. Shockingly, investigations revealed that in the same year, three other mothers had filed lawsuits against the man after their babies were ineptly delivered, causing two incidences of brain damage and one life-long disability.

While Doctor Atogho lost the lawsuit, he will not face any justice as the $33.8 million in damages will be paid by U.S taxpayers because Doctor Atogho works for a federally funded center. Unbelievably, despite the numerous malpractice lawsuits, Doctor Atogho has not been formally reprimanded and still works at the Miami-based medical center.

Source: Mail Online
Photo: ZocDoc

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