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$17.8 million verdict awarded to the family of a brain damaged 5 year old girl

A Franklin County, Ohio jury today awarded $17.8 million in a medical malpractice case brought by the family of a 5 year old girl. This is the largest historical money award in the county awarded by a jury.

The $17.8 million will cover the future medical costs, education and pain and suffering of a 5-year-old whose brain was damaged before elective surgery at Children’s Hospital nearly five years ago.

As a result the child cannot speak, has cerebral palsy and will use a wheelchair for life, one of her attorneys said. Doctors were preparing to remove a benign cyst from the neck of the then-4-month-old infant when something went wrong with the anesthesia on Sept. 25, 2001.

The jury found the anesthesiologist responsible for the girl’s injuries and determined he had failed to let the girl recover properly from a first attempt to administer anesthesia and didn’t respond quickly to warning signs that something was wrong.

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