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Jury finds doctor negligent in treatment of pregnant woman

A Prince George’s County jury awarded $900,000 Tuesday to a couple whose unborn daughter died when a doctor failed to recognize a pregnancy complication.

Marquita Cook and Jonathan Ramsey’s daughter, Journie, died in the womb at approximately 35 weeks in 2017, according to a news release from D’Amore Personal Injury Law LLC in Baltimore, which represented the plaintiffs.

D’Amore said Friday that both Cook and Ramsey were emotional during the trial and are “relieved that the jury saw it their way.”

Cook visited her obstetrician, Dr. Gwendolyn Dunmore, on April 3, 2017, and showed signs of superimposed preeclampsia, a condition that caused her blood pressure to run high. Cook should have been sent to a hospital to deliver the baby immediately, according to the release, but Dunmore sent Cook home and told her to see a specialist the next day.

When Cook went to the specialist’s office, she was informed that Journie had died, according to the release. Cook was taken to the hospital and delivered two days later.

Attorney Ace McBride, who tried the case with Michael L. Sanders, said Dunmore claimed that she complied with the standard of care and that home management was appropriate despite the testimony of a defense expert witness that she had been negligent.

A jury trial began Nov. 12. After five days jurors returned the $900,000 verdict after approximately five hours of deliberation, according to McBride. The award is all noneconomic damages, with $600,000 to Cook and $300,000 to Ramsey.

Defense attorney Thomas V. Monahan Jr., partner at Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann LLP in Baltimore, was not immediately available for comment.

The case is Marquita Cook et al. v. Gwendolyn Dunmore, CAL17-38357.

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