An Antigonish mother says she’s pleased with a $6 million settlement following complications during her son’s birth, but there’s no price tag on love.
Cullan Chisholm has been awarded the settlement from an obstetrician and officials with the former Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority after he suffered severe brain injuries during his delivery at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in July 2010.
Monique Chisholm, the seven-year-old’s mother, says her son has great physical and cognitive difficulties ahead.
Chisholm tells The Hawk her son’s birth was a traumatizing experience.
“To be a brand new mom, to have one of the most exciting, emotional times of your life, only to see your son nearly dead, and the next time you see your son is shivering, freezing cold in an incubator, those are just scenes I will never, ever forget.”
Chisholm says a van has been purchased, and they hope to buy land to build an accessible home in the near future; money will also go toward hiring a caregiver.
She says it’s been financially challenging.
“The added costs of the extra medical care, equipment, and trips to the hospital; there’s the added costs of having to hire someone to look after my son,” she says. “There’s also loss of income because I’m unable to work because I’m caring for my son.”
Chisholm says a wheelchair, walker and feeding resources are only some expenses.
She says she looks forward to putting the process behind them, and moving forward as a family.
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