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News: A 34-year-old woman, then 36 weeks pregnant, presented to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in Philadelphia in August 2008 with signs of placental abruption. Fetal monitoring was inconclusive. A nurse and the obstetrician performed a bedside ultrasound examination and were unable to detect a fetal heartbeat. The obstetrician sought an ultrasound technician's confirmation of his diagnosis of fetal death; however, it took 75 minutes for the ultrasound technician to arrive.

Legal Review & Commentary: Antiquated equipment, failure to provide trained technician resulted in infant's cerebral palsy and $78.5 million verdict