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Expert Witness : STUART CHARLES EDELBERG M.D


Case SHEENA TERRY v. KAISER FOUNDATION OF OHIO
Testimony Date January 08, 1993
Expert Type Obstetrics / Gynecology
Court State: Ohio County: Cuyahoga
Pages 46
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1 THE STATE OF OHIO,
SS: GORMAN, J.
2 COUNTY OF CUYAHOGA.

3 IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS 6c 1 '7@

4 (CIVIL BRANCH)

5 SHEENA TERRY, et al.

6 Plaintiffs,

7 VS. Case No. 193206

8 KAISER FOUNDATION HEALTH
PLAN OF OHIO, et al.
9
Defendants.
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11 EXCERPT TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS
CROSS-EXAMINATION OF STUART EDELBERG, M.D.
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13 Whereupon the following proceedings
were had in Courtroom 2-A, Lakeside Courthouse,
14 Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, January 8, 1993,
before the Honorable Judge Frank J. Gorman,
15 and a Jury, upon the pleadings filed
heretofore.
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APPEARANCES:
1B
Mr. Richard Berris, Esq., and Mr.
19 Laurence Powers, Esq.,

20 On behalf of the Plaintiffs.

21 Mr. Donald H. Switzer, Esq.,

22 On behalf of the Defendants.

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24 JuliAnn M. Adams, RPR
Official Court Reporter
25 Cuyahoga County, Ohio








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FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSION, JANUARY 8, 1993
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4 CROSS-EXAMINATION OF STUART EDELBERG, M.D.
5 BY MR. SWITZER:
6 Q. Good afternoon, Doctor.
7 A. Good afternoon.
8 Q. I'll try and be quick.
9 A. Thank you.
10 Q. Doctor, a baby, a healthy baby can be born
11 and have low Apgars?
12 A. That is correct.
13 Q. We have a discrepancy, at least two different
14 Apgar scores for Sheena Terry,, we have a 2 and a 2
15 from pediatrician, Dr. Finegold, and we have a 4 and
16 a 6 from the nurse in the delivery room, correct?
17 A. That is correct.
is Q. There is nothing unusual about having two
19 different Apgars from two different observers?
20 A. No. But there is a marked difference between
21 a baby with a 6 Apgar and a baby with a 2 Apgar.
22 Q. In fact, the nurse's Apgars are generally
23 more reliable than the pediatrician's Apgars?
24 A. No. Pediatricians. Pediatricians tend to be
25 the most accurate. The nurse is more accurate than






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1 the obstetrician, because the obstetrician would
2 like them to be good Apgars.  The pediatricians are
3 probably the most accurate. The pediatricians are
4 the ones doing the resuscitation, so they are adding
5 up their numbers very carefully.
6 Q. Pedestrians generally try to give lower
7 Apgars because as a practical matter they would
8 rather be able to say they helped a much more
9 distressed infant. On the other hand, the
10 obstetrician likes to give higher Apgars so he can
11 say, geez