A judge has ruled that a doctor violated the standard of care and found him responsible for causing cerebral palsy in a child during a traumatic birth where the doctor had to use a vacuum extraction for almost 50 minutes. The cerebral palsy lawsuit was filed by the child’s parents and accused the doctor of medical malpractice. The judge found that the doctor had caused a serious birth injury when she tried to deliver the baby through vacuum extraction, which uses suction to pull the child’s head through the birth canal during difficult deliveries. The child is now 9 years-old and will require around-the-clock care for his entire life because of his brain damage and cerebral palsy. The doctor herself testified that it was the most disastrous delivery that she’d ever been a part of. An expert witness testified that the baby’s scalp was bobby and that he suffered a sugaleal hematoma, which occurs when blood pools between the scalp and the skin. He did not breathe for 10 minutes and suffered seizures within 24 hours of being born. The judge noted that as a result of the violation of standard of care “severe and repeated trauma as well as shoulder dystocia was inflicted” on the victim. To learn more about the cerebral palsy lawsuit, please click the link.