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$12 million accord in suit claiming injury to newborn boy

Adam M. Lasker
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

An Oak Lawn hospital has agreed to pay $12 million to the parents of a boy whose cerebral palsy was allegedly the result of medical negligence.

Jose Morales, 12, was born sic to eight weeks premature and was about 24 hours old when a doctor in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Christ Hospital and Medical Center failed to properly treat a problem with the boy’s lungs, the family’s attorney said.

Due to the alleged improper treatment, the newborn’s lungs collapsed and his heart rate dropped from 170 beats per minute to 50 beats per minute, said plaintiff attorney Terrence K. Hegarty, of Chicago’s Hegarty & Hegarty.

“Because Jose went into brachycardia, the blood was not going to his brain and he ended up with cerebral palsy,” Hegarty said. “The settlement is a high settlement for this kind of injury, but on the other hand [Christ Hospital was] a serious cause to it.”
The hospital and Ramon and Idaliza Morales reached a settlement agreement Thursday and Hegarty said Cook County Judge Randye A. Kogan entered an order to dismiss the case on Friday.

Cassiday, Shade & Gloor partners Rudolf G. Shade Jr. And James W. Kopriva represented the defense; neither could be reached for comment.