(WJBK) – A jury says the Detroit Medical Center has to pay $ 135 million to a 10-year left, partially paralyzed after surgery.
The jury found the hospital and her doctor to be guilty of malpractice in how they treated the girl.
The two-week trial and $ 135 million judgment, lawyer Geoffrey Fieger says, is the result of the paralyzed damage Faith DeGrand of Wyandotte, Mich. led back in 2010. The young girl back then was 10 years old and was taken to the DMC childhood hospital for school surgery.
"The surgeon inserts rods and screws to straighten the spine, which was good," said Fieger. But Fieger says how the surgeon inserts them caused the compression of the spinal cord, resulting in numbness in Faith's arms and legs.
"The patient needs screws and hooks and closes immediately. Instead ̵
Remove the hardware around her spine 10 days later, Fieger said it was too late. Faith became a quadriplegic with permanent loss of the bladder and intestinal control, in a wheelchair for a year.
But for trial, DMC lawyers had claimed that Faith had become a blood clot and there was nothing they could do to prevent her or her injury from occurring.
"Nobody saw, there was no MR, or something that would indicate it," said Fieger.
Fieger and McCullen say they are inspired by Faith and her beloved mother who has taken care of her daily
. ] "A Wayne County jury made the biggest judgment in the United States for a single case of medical malpractice," said Fieger.
"For seven years, the family has been waiting and hoping and not knowing what would happen", lawyer James McCullen.
Feiger and Cullen call the jury members who return the sentence Monday Heroic, after two and a half hours of deliberation.
But they still say that the $ 135 million profit does not feel like a victory.
"She'll get enough money to get her catheter to change for the rest of her life," said Fieger. "It is."
"It will be difficult, but it will make it a bit easier," said McCullen. "But that's all it can do."