Maine Family Wins $3M in Medical Malpractice Suit

A Maine family won $3 million in damages in a medical malpracticie suit.A Maine family was awarded more than $3 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a midwife who helped deliver a now severely disabled 10-year-old girl, according to published reports.

The Adroscoggin County Superior Court deliberated for a total of six hours before it found that the midwife, Irene Meyers, breached the standard of care when she oversaw the birth of Hannah Tilton, ultimately leading to the girl's injuries.

Moreover, Tilton was diagnosed with Kabuki Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. However, the suit argued the condition did not explain all of her symptoms and she must have experienced injuries due to a lack of oxygen during her delivery.

Tilton was born at Central Maine Medical Center with severe mental retardation. Although Meyers' attorney argued that his client followed standard medical care procedures, which was backed by the doctor who took over the delivery, the court still ruled in favor of Tilton.

Kabuki Syndrome is characterized by distinctive facial features such as arched eyebrows, a flat, broadened tip of the nose and large, protruding earlobes, according to the Genetics Home Reference. Individuals with the syndrome experience developmental delays and may have vision problems and skeletal abnormalities.