A young couple were prepared for the birth of their third child. They went to the hospital expecting the best; and the testing in the early part of the labor proved that their baby was healthy. During the course of the prolonged labor, however, the baby's heart rate pattern became non-reassuring. The nurses' warnings to the doctor about this fact fell on deaf ears and the nurses failed to go over the doctor's head up the chain of command to protect the baby. As a result, the baby was born with severe brain damage and was subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
The family and child received $7,500,000 in compensation. The child's monies were structured in such a way as to make sure the family has income to hire the help needed that insurance will not pay for but is desperately needed to ensure the child a long and happy life.