New York Teen Suffering From Cerebral Palsy Wins Lawsuit

August 28, 2012

The family of a Staten Island teen suffering from cerebral palsy won a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed against the hospital where the girl was born.

The New York Post reports the family of Stephanie Debes won the suit Friday. The family claimed in the suit that the 17-year-old and her twin sister were born three months early at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. The family attorney says that Stephanie suffered a brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy. Her sister Amanda was uninjured.

A Staten Island Supreme Court jury found that hospital staff failed to recognize early labor contractions and didn’t prevent premature delivery. The hospital was liable for about $77 million, but the lawyer says the family will receive less because the hospital went bankrupt in 2010.

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