The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal has upheld the payment of Dh1.3?million to the parents of a child who suffered brain damage as a result of a medical error.
The court ordered that the private hospital and one of its obstetricians must jointly pay the amount in damages to the mother and father of the three-year-old boy who suffered brain damage while being born.
According to the case report, the childís mother had paid regular visits to the hospital during her pregnancy and the doctor noted in all of his reports that the pregnancy was normal.
However, during delivery, there was a clear disregard for the required safety precautions, which led to a drop in the foetusís blood pressure. At this point, the doctor decided to bring the child out with forceps, which blocked the oxygen supply to his brain, eventually leading to brain damage.
The childís parents sued the hospital and doctor for Dh5?million. The child was examined by the Higher Committee for Medical Liability, which confirmed that the obstetricianís neglect in his response to the deliveryís complications caused asphyxiation that resulted in severe damage to the infantís brain.
The court also upheld a ruling binding the defendants to pay the childís mother and father Dh50,000 each in damages for the physical trauma and sorrow they suffered.