Jury awards $17.8M in malpractice verdict against Children's Hospital Colorado

Hospital believes there are grounds for appeal

DENVER - Jurors have awarded a Colorado Springs family a $17.8 million verdict in a malpractice lawsuit against Children's Hospital Colorado.

"The case involved a medication error prior to surgery for then-four-day-old Naomi Pressey," according to Leventhal & Puga, P.C., the attorneys who represented the family.

She was born on Feb. 6, 2008 and transferred to Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. There, the law firm says the doctors confirmed the diagnosis and put her on a medication called prostaglandin.

"Hospital staff gave Naomi the wrong dose of prostaglandin and the infant went into cardiac arrest on the operating table, on Feb. 10, 2008," the law firm wrote. "They could not resuscitate her for 33 minutes, which caused Naomi to suffer a severe hypoxic ischemic brain injury, resulting in cerebral palsy, among other conditions."

Naomi Pressey is now 7-years-old. The attorneys say she has significant disabilities that will require constant and supervision for the rest for her life.

The jury's $17,839,784.60 decision followed a trial held from March 16 to 27. The family's attorneys say it is the biggest medical malpractice verdict ever in Colorado.

"We are sorry that the Pressey family suffered this unfortunate outcome seven years ago with their child," Children's Hospital Colorado said in a statement. "And while we will not comment on the specifics of the recent case, we respectfully believe there are grounds to appeal the outcome."

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