Pottstown hospital ordered to pay $78.5 million in malpractice suit

    Following a two-week case in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center was ordered to pay $78.5 million in a birth injury malpractice suit.

    Victoria Upsey was awarded the money after prosecutors argued her son’s severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy is the result of the doctor’s failure to perform an emergency cesarean section in a timely manner.
    According to the attorneys at Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig, the doctor delayed the surgery by 81 minutes and was using outdated equipment prior to that to monitor the baby’s health.

    The payment will go toward future medical care for the toddler, lost earnings, pain and suffering for the child and emotional distress for Upsey.

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