An Arapahoe County jury found Children's Hospital Colorado liable for $17.8 million in malpractice Friday. Leventhal & Puga, P.C., the law firm representing the plaintiffs, said that's the largest medical malpractice verdict in Colorado history.
The case stems from a surgery performed in 2008 on then-four-day-old Naomi Pressey. The law firm representing the Pressey family alleges that before her surgery, hospital staff gave her the wrong dose of her medication and Pressey went into cardiac arrest.
Now 7 years old, Naomi suffers from cognitive, intellual and motor skill impairments, said the firm. She will require round-the-clock care and supervision for the rest of her life.
“No family should have to go through what we’ve had to endure. Our family has experienced incredible pain throughout this very difficult situation,” said Jennifer Pressey, Naomi’s mother.
The hospital expressed regret for Pressey's impairments to the Denver Business Journal, but said that "we respectfully believe there are grounds to appeal the outcome.”