Twin Awarded $103 Million in Damages for Premature Birth
A jury awarded a 17-year-old Staten Island resident more than $103 million as compensation for her premature birth that left her permanently disabled with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders.
According to a silive.com report, Stephanie Debes alleged that medical negligence on part of the staff at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers as hospital staff failed to recognize that her mother was experiencing contractions. After only being pregnant for 25 weeks, her mother gave birth to Stephanie and her twin sister Amanda prematurely.
Stephanie was born first and suffered a number of birth injuries, while Amanda born shortly after her did not suffer any harm. Stephanie sued the medical center eight years ago claiming damages for the medical negligence for her birth injuries, which have left her confined to a wheelchair.
The compensatory amount will be paid in part as a whole payment and partly based on the growth rate of future expenses. The medical center, which has since gone bankrupt, is expected to appeal the verdict.
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