According to the Boston Globe, a family from Lowell, Massachusetts is to receive $5.3 million after filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against Boston-based Tuft Medical Center.
Medical Malpractice Allegation
- The family alleges that negligent care by Tuft Medical Center staff resulting in their newborn son, Edward Xu,suffering a permanent, debilitating condition.
- Their lawsuit claimed that in 2004, two doctors and a neonatal nurse practitioner failed to take proper measures after their newborn son exhibited symptoms of a potentially fatal condition that affect premature infants.
- As a result of the condition, their son, now 9, had to have sections of his intestine removed leaving the boy unable to digest food on his own.
Family Awarded $30 Million by Suffolk County Jury
- The family claimed in court that due to the negligence, their son will require continuous tube feeding overnight and daytime treatments for the rest of his life.
- Further, the family alleged emotional damages as they live in fear that their child may die should something go wrong with his feeding tube.
- TheSuffold County jury sided with the Xu family, originally awarding them $30 million; however, due to a high/low agreement previously negotiated by the plaintiffs and the defense, the amount was capped at $5.3 million.
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