Florida Senate - 2015 (NP) SB 60 By Senator Simpson 18-00038-15 201560__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act for the relief of Roy Wright and Ashley Wright 3 by the North Brevard County Hospital District; 4 providing for an appropriation to compensate Roy 5 Wright and Ashley Wright, individually and as 6 guardians of Tucker Wright, for injuries and damages 7 sustained by Tucker Wright as a result of the 8 negligence of an employee of Parrish Medical Center; 9 providing a limitation on the payment of fees and 10 costs; providing that certain payments and the 11 appropriation satisfy all present and future claims 12 related to the negligent act; providing an effective 13 date. 14 15 WHEREAS, on July 15, 2009, Ashley Wright, suffering from 16 gestational diabetes, was admitted as a high-risk obstetrical 17 patient at Parrish Medical Center, operated by the North Brevard 18 County Hospital District, in Titusville, Florida, and 19 WHEREAS, mothers with gestational diabetes are classified 20 as high-risk obstetrical patients because their fetuses tend to 21 be larger than normal and large fetuses are at risk for 22 complications during the birth process, and 23 WHEREAS, Ashley Wright’s care at Parrish Medical Center was 24 provided by Vidya Hate, M.D., an obstetrician, and Cara Starky, 25 R.N., a midwife, both employees of Parrish Medical Center, and 26 WHEREAS, on July 16, 2009, Ashley Wright was in labor with 27 her unborn child, Tucker Wright, and Nurse Starky failed to 28 notify Dr. Hate of the impending delivery as previously 29 instructed and delivered Tucker Wright herself without the 30 presence, supervision, or assistance of Dr. Hate, and 31 WHEREAS, complications arose during the delivery, and 32 Tucker Wright developed shoulder dystocia, a condition in which 33 the shoulder of a fetus becomes wedged on the mother’s pelvic 34 bone as the fetus transits the birth canal, which condition is a 35 known and recognized risk for mothers with gestational diabetes, 36 and 37 WHEREAS, Nurse Starky attempted to resolve the shoulder 38 dystocia by performing McRoberts maneuver, a procedure in which 39 the shoulders of a fetus are gently rotated by hand underneath 40 the shoulders, allowing the shoulders to pass the pelvic bone 41 and out through the birth canal, and 42 WHEREAS, Nurse Starky negligently performed McRoberts 43 maneuver by also rotating the head of the fetus on the perineum, 44 causing a brachial plexus injury to Tucker Wright which left his 45 right arm paralyzed, and 46 WHEREAS, all parties to this claim agree that rotation of 47 the head of a fetus on the perineum is an improper method of 48 performing McRoberts maneuver because rotation of the head with 49 pressure can stretch and damage the nerves in a fetus’s neck 50 which control the use of muscles in the arm, and 51 WHEREAS, Tucker Wright has undergone two surgeries on his 52 right shoulder and regained some use of his right arm but 53 continues to be challenged with functional deficits that may be 54 permanent, and 55 WHEREAS, Roy Wright and Ashley Wright have incurred medical 56 expenses on behalf of Tucker Wright in the amount of $320,016.91 57 due to the injury caused by the negligence of an employee of 58 Parrish Medical Center, and may incur additional expenses for 59 surgeries needed as Tucker Wright grows older, and 60 WHEREAS, on January 11, 2012, Roy Wright and Ashley Wright, 61 individually and as guardians of Tucker Wright, filed suit 62 against the North Brevard County Hospital District in the 63 Circuit Court for Brevard County, Case No. 05-2012-CA-024060, to 64 recover damages for the injuries sustained by Tucker Wright as a 65 result of the negligence of an employee of Parrish Medical 66 Center, and 67 WHEREAS, the North Brevard County Hospital District, Roy 68 Wright, and Ashley Wright agreed to settle the lawsuit for 69 $595,000, and 70 WHEREAS, the North Brevard County Hospital District paid 71 $200,000 of the settlement pursuant to the statutory limits of 72 liability set forth in s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and there 73 remains $395,000 of the settlement unsatisfied, and 74 WHEREAS, the North Brevard County Hospital District does 75 not oppose passage of this claim bill, NOW, THEREFORE, 76 77 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 78 79 Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are 80 found and declared to be true. 81 Section 2. The North Brevard County Hospital District is 82 authorized and directed to appropriate from funds of the 83 district not otherwise appropriated and to draw a warrant, 84 payable to Roy Wright and Ashley Wright, individually and as 85 guardians for Tucker Wright, for the total amount of $395,000 as 86 compensation for injuries and damages sustained by Tucker Wright 87 as a result of the negligence of an employee of Parrish Medical 88 Center. 89 Section 3. The total amount paid for attorney fees, 90 lobbying fees, costs, and other similar expenses relating to 91 this claim may not exceed 25 percent of the amount awarded under 92 this act. 93 Section 4. The amount paid by the North Brevard County 94 Hospital District pursuant to s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and 95 the amount awarded under this act are intended to provide the 96 sole compensation for all present and future claims arising out 97 of the factual situation described in this act which resulted in 98 the injuries to Tucker Wright. 99 Section 5. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.