A young Chinese first time mother was injured due to the medical malpractice of the doctors and staff at what was then Beekman Downtown Hospital. While at the hospital due to contractions, the fetus was not properly monitored and went into fetal distress. The baby was lost, and during the emergency surgery the mother sustained a painful 3rd degree laceration which caused future problems. The hospital refused to settle. When the trial started, the mother sobbed uncontrollably during the opening statements. Immediately thereafter, the case settled.