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$3M Settlement In Case of Girl Injured At Birth

Sep 22, 2004 | Asbury Park Press A now 6-year-old Keansburg girl and her mother will receive a $3 million settlement for the girl's ongoing care for cerebral palsy and brain injury, which the family alleges the child developed after a negligent delay in her delivery.

A settlement was reached last week in which representatives for Barbara Winters, the Monmouth Medical Center nurse midwife who cared for Alyson Shannon during the labor, delivery and birth of her daughter, Corialle, on Nov. 7, 1997, will establish a trust for Corialle Shannon's future care.

There was no admission of liability as part of the settlement, and all other parties of the suit, which included Monmouth Medical Center and three doctors, were dismissed, according to the Shannon family's attorney.

Alyson Shannon and her mother, Kim, filed suit in 1999 on behalf of Corialle, alleging negligence on the part of doctors and medical staff at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch during the labor and delivery.

Specifically, a 30-minute delay in the child's delivery caused a lapse in oxygen, which resulted in seizures, brain injury, and over time, mental delays and cerebral palsy, said the familys laywer. Cori Shannon now uses a wheelchair and attends a special school.

The baby had to be resuscitated when born, said the familys lawyer.

Of the settlement reached last week, Alyson Shannon said, "As long as the trust properly manages the money, then she might just have enough money to help her with all of her needs throughout her life expectancy.

"All a mother wants is for her daughter to have a fun, fulfilled life, which she can now do so."

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