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Hobbs mother awarded $74 million after traumatic delivery left son with brain damage

Kassi Nelson
August 24, 2018 07:16 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A jury has awarded a Hobbs couple $74 million dollars in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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Pecos Valley of New Mexico owns a women’s health clinic in Hobbs, where a woman was receiving prenatal treatment in 2013.

Lorenza Botello gave birth to Jonathon, who weighed 11-and-a-half pounds and suffered severe injuries during birth.

The lawsuit alleged the doctor didn’t properly monitor his growth.

“Even in spite of her pleas to have a cesarean section, the doctor still decided to perform a vaginal birth,” said Kent Buckingham, Botello’s attorney.

Jonathon got stuck in the birth canal and was suffocating.

The lawsuit claims the doctor had to forcefully pull him out.

“Jonathon’s brachial plexus was ripped apart the nerves that run from your spinal cord to your right arm, so his right arm is basically withered and useless,” said Buckingham.

Jonathon also lives with brain damage. He will have to be taken care of for the rest of his life.

“His mom testified that it takes him 30 minutes just to put on his underwear. He needs help with everything. He can't feed himself,” said Anne Sperling, Jonathon's conservator.

Sperling’s job is to help the family invest their money, so Jonathon can live with dignity.

“This verdict is absolutely going to get him to the place where he can survive his life without any worries,” she said.

While Jonathan will have to live with his injuries, Buckingham says his story, and the jury's ruling will protect other babies in the future.

“All hospitals and clinics will hear about this verdict, I promise you,” Buckingham said. “Changes will be made in each of those facilities so that another little boy and a mom don't have to endure the damages these folks did.”

Buckingham expects the medical company to appeal the ruling.

KOB 4 reached out to the company’s attorney. He did not want to comment.

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