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Medical care under examination

Bill McKelway of the Richmond Times-Dispatch is doing a series of reports on the state of hospitals and medical care in the Richmond area. The latest in the series reports the story of Danielle Moore, a former prison guard who delivered a baby girl with severe cerebral palsy after staff and doctors at the hospital - Community Memorial Healthcenter — delayed the procedure. Medical experts who reviewed the case established that she had grounds for a medical malpractice suit and the baby should have undergone an emergency delivery long before she did. "Four obstetricians who reviewed the file concluded that baby's catastrophic brain injuries were caused by oxygen loss before her birth and in the hours afterward. " Other stories in the series use the National Practitioner Data Bank to look at disciplinary and malpractice actions taken against doctors and attempts to reform malpractice laws.

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