Preston v. Meriter Hospital In the Supreme Court of Wisconsin

Bostrom, Barry A.
September 2005
Issues in Law & Medicine;Fall2005, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p139
Academic Journal
The article presents information about the case of Preston v. Meriter Hospital Inc. in the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. A patient, Shannon Preston was admitted to the Mediter hospital and taken to the birthing center. There, physicians performed an ultrasound to evaluate the unborn child's condition. Preston gave birth to a son who weighed 700 grams. The hospital staff made no attempt to prolong the baby's life. The baby died two and a half hours later. The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed with Preston that, based on the allegations in the complaint, Meriter had a duty to give the baby an appropriate screening examination to determine whether he had an emergency medical condition.


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