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An eight-year-old girl whose right arm was paralyzed at birth was awarded $1.1 million last week in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against the late doctor who assisted in her delivery and his estate.

Madelyn Instone, 8, was born in June, 1998, in Wood County Hospital under the care of two midwives. When complications developed, Dr. Hoag was summoned to assist with the delivery.

The girl’s attorney, Jim Casey, said Dr. Hoag injured the nerves in the baby’s right arm when he began pulling her head from the birth canal. The baby had a condition called shoulder dystocia, in which the shoulders
prevent a smooth delivery.

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