SLO family awarded $74 million for medical malpractice
April 21, 2012
After two days of deliberation, a jury found a local physician responsible for not properly delivering a baby and awarded a San Luis Obispo family $74 million.
Sofia Blunt, now almost three years old, suffered brain damage when she was born at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center on April 19, 2009 and she now has cerebral palsy.
On Friday, the jury found that Dr. Kurt Haupt was responsible for the botched delivery that occurred at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. The family’s attorney argued a lack of oxygen to the brain resulted in the cerebral palsy which is estimated to cost $35 to $50 million during the child’s lifetime.
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center was also originally named as a defendant in the suit and subsequently settled for an undisclosed amount.