Family Awarded $101 Million For Boy's Brain Damage At Birth

Steve Miller
November 05, 2019 - 10:25 pm

Gerald Sallis needs around-the-clock care. (Clifford Law Offices)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It is apparently a record in Illinois: A jury has awarded a southwest suburban family $101 million because their baby was brain-damaged at birth.

That sum is almost twice the previous Illinois record for this type of case.

In the latest award, Tequila Snow sued West Suburban Medical Center after her son Gerald was born there in 2014.

"I went to the hospital. I let them know that something wasn't going as normal, something wasn't going on. We got ignored, basically, and my son suffered because of it,” she said Tuesday.

Snow said Gerald has to be bathed, dressed, and fed through a tube. And he cannot sit up on his own. He needs round-the-clock care.

One of the family's attorneys, Sarah King, said the warning signs were there on fetal monitoring, but the hospital did not act.

"Over this five-hour period of time, this completely dysfunctional system and environment that they had at West Suburban Hospital failed Tequila and Gerald."

WBBM Newsradio has reached out to the medical center for comment.