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A Superior Court jury issued a $3 million verdict this week against a Dover obstetrician who was accused of forcefully pulling a baby out by his head during delivery.
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WILMINGTON, Del. — A jury issued a $3 million verdict against an obstetrician accused of forcefully pulling a baby out by his head during delivery, causing the newborn’s right arm to be paralyzed.  

The lawsuit filed in 2014 in New Castle County Superior Court here alleged that Peter Wong, a doctor with Dedicated to Women OB-GYN in Dover, Del., pulled too hard on the baby’s head and neck while he was trying to dislodge a stuck shoulder during delivery. That resulted in permanent nerve damage to the baby’s right shoulder, according to court documents.

The suit claimed that Wong did not disclose to the mother the risks involved with the 2008 procedure, such as permanent disfigurement. 

“I think it’s a fair and just amount,” said Wilmington lawyer Bruce Hudson, who represented mother Monica Broughton and now 9-year-old son Amari Broughton-Fleming. “He’s got a lot of living to do with this impairment.”

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Neither Wong nor his lawyers responded to a request for comment. Wong denied medical negligence in court, arguing that the baby’s injuries resulted from the maternal forces of labor.

Wong, 55, holds an active medical license that expires in 2019. Officials with the state Division of Professional Regulation did not respond to a request for comment about whether the recent verdict would affect his professional standing.