Earlier this month, a Polk County jury awarded Debra Gardner, of Leon, Iowa, more than $13 million. Deb Gardner sued Broadlawns Medical Center and several doctors after her son Nathaniel, 4, was born at the hospital with cerebral palsy.
Ms. Gardner claimed that when Nathaniel was born in 2002, the doctor failed to monitor him during the cesarean section procedure. As doctors prepared to perform a c-section on Deb Gardner, she says they stopped monitoring her baby's heartbeat. Furthermore, a spinal anesthetic caused her blood pressure to drop, which cut off oxygen to the baby. Finally, she says doctors did not realize there was a problem and took their time performing the c-section.