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 Parents of Pennsylvania boy disabled by forceps delivery awarded 42 million USD compensation

Their son, identified only as D.A., understands language but can't speak, read or write and will eventually have to use a motorized wheelchair.

Published: 21st April 2017 07:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st April 2017 07:43 PM   |  A+A-

By Associated Press

A federal judge has awarded $42 million to the parents of a Pennsylvania boy left disabled because of brain injuries caused by a doctor who used forceps to deliver the boy.

The verdict by a federal judge in Harrisburg on Thursday stems from a six-day trial in September on claims by a Chambersburg couple, Christiana Late and Nathan Armolt.

Their son, identified only as D.A., understands language but can't speak, read or write and will eventually have to use a motorized wheelchair.

The couple sued the federal government for errors allegedly made by an obstetrician at Keystone Women's Health Center, a federally supported facility, during the boy's February 2012 birth.

Keystone officials say they're "saddened" by the boy's hardships and disabilities.

Most of the verdict — about $33 million — is to cover the boy's future medical care.



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