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Kern County Articles

KMC Liable in $4.7 Million Lawsuit

The Bakersfield Californian

Jury finds hospital partially responsible for boy’s meningitis. By Jonathan Nelson Californian staff writer e-mail: A Kern County jury Thursday awarded a Tehachapi boy $4.7 million after finding Kern Medical Center partially responsible for the 2-year-old contracting meningitis, which resulted in cerebral palsy. The money is to be used to help care for Zachary Holt Barton, who receives eight hours of care a day by a licensed vocational nurse, according to his attorn ... Read More View PDF

Kern County Mother Awarded $4.7 Million

Antelope Valley Press

By Kevin Mc Keehan - Valley Press Staff Writer BAKERSFIELD — A Tehachapi mother whose newborn contracted a crippling form of meningitis at Kern Medical Center was awarded $4.7 million Thursday by a Bakersfield jury that found the hospital failed to treat her infant properly. The jury agreed with the mother’s assertion that two doctors and a nurse at KMC failed to recognize the signs that a potentially devastating infection was brewing inside her newborn son before he was discharged f ... Read More View PDF