Jury says Docs must pay $2.5M to girl, 7

Boston Herald, Thursday, October 23, 1997

A Hampton, N.H., girl who suffered brain damage from an oxygen deficiency shortly after she was born was awarded $2.5 million by a Boston jury that found two doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital negligent, lawyers said yesterday.

Alexis Burns, 7, who will enter the third grade in September, has mild cerebral palsy, walks with leg braces and suffers from speech difficulties and other handicaps, her lawyer, Andrew Meyer, said. The child did not suffer impaired mental development.

She was born three weeks premature on Sept. 12, 1988, and was transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit at Brigham and Women’s, where she suffered from brain damage overnight from low oxygen levels.

The jury awarded $1.7 million — $1.3 million for future lost wages, $350,000 for future pain and suffering, $50,000 for past pain and suffering. With interest the award totals $2.5 million.

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